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Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 13 April 2012 (USA)
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A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

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James Mather, Steve Saint Leger (as Stephen Saint Leger)

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James Mather (screenplay by), Steve Saint Leger (screenplay by) (as Stephen Saint Leger) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Snow
Maggie Grace ... Emilie Warnock
Vincent Regan ... Alex
Joseph Gilgun ... Hydell
Lennie James ... Harry Shaw
Peter Stormare ... Scott Langral
Jacky Ido ... Hock
Tim Plester ... John James Mace
Mark Tankersley Mark Tankersley ... Barnes
Anne-Solenne Hatte ... Kathryn
Peter Hudson Peter Hudson ... President Warnock
Nick Hardin ... Hostage Negotiator
Dan Savier Dan Savier ... Duke
Damijan Oklopdzic Damijan Oklopdzic ... Slick
Bojan Peric Bojan Peric ... LOPD Technician 1
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Storyline

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take no prisoners.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lock-Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,231,836, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$14,326,864

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,204,030
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EuropaCorp, Canal+, Ciné+ See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In October 2015, John Carpenter won a plagiarism case against Luc Besson over 'Lockout' proving clear similarities to Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996). A French court ruled that enough similar distinctive elements from both Carpenter's films were borrowed to merit a sanction. See more »

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Someone dropping from an orbiting space station would burn up in the atmosphere rather than landing safely. While no space-suit with re-entry capabilities exist presently, when they exit the airlock you can see the suits having some heavy plating reminiscent of heat shielding. Possibly this is being used to explain these futurist suits ability to re-enter the atmosphere safely. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Langral: Again, what happened in that hotel room?
Snow: Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.
[Snow is punched in the face]
Langral: You're a real comedian aren't you, Snow?
Snow: Well I guess that's why they call it the punch line.
[Snow is punched again]
Langral: You don't like me, do you?
Snow: Don't flatter yourself. I don't like anybody.
Langral: With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Available on DVD in a Unrated version that restores violence cuts for a PG-13 rating. The Unrated version is the only version included on Retail DVD/Blu-ray. But Redbox and Rental versions still carry the PG-13 cut. For instance in the Unrated cut, one can clearly see Snow shooting a person in the mouth which is not shown in the PG-13 cut. See more »

Connections

References Escape from L.A. (1996) See more »

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Beat City
Written by Sune Wagner
Performed by The Raveonettes
(c) Crunchy Tunes USA Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd
(p) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
With Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment France
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Lock It Up and Throw Away the Key
23 April 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lockout (2012)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A former CIA agent named Snow (Guy Pearce) is framed for a murder he didn't commit and is about to be sent to a prison in outer space when something bad happens. It turns out that the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) was on the prison for a humanitarian effort when the convicts broke free and have taken her hostage. Now Snow is offered his freedom in exchange for getting on the prison ship and saving her. Yes, this is certainly a major rip-off of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK but without the charm, excitement and great characters. It's really a shame LOCKOUT turned out so bad because it could have worked on many levels. Back in the early 80s there were a whole slew of rip-offs coming out from Italy, Germany and various other countries and these would play in drive-ins or low-rent theaters. LOCKOUT could have worked like those films but the direction here is just so poor that it's really hard to be caught up in anything going on. It also doesn't help that the film is burdened with a PG-13 rating, which takes away any possible sleaze aspect and you can tell that certain scenes appeared to be cut down to avoid anything too graphic. This is really silly because there are points in the film where people are decapitated and there are jokes built around such events and yet it's all editing down. Another problem is that the direction just never packs any punch in regards to drama, action and even the fight scenes are boring. The characters are all standard stereotypes and none of them are interesting. This is especially true of the Grace character who is just downright annoying, stupid and you can't help but hope something bad happens to her. Pearce at least turns in a good performance even if it is rather sad seeing someone so talented appear in stuff like this. The one thing the film does have going for it are some pretty funny one-liners and they're perfectly delivered by Pearce. LOCKOUT could have been something but what it turns out to be is a silly, low-rent action movie trapped in a PG-13 universe with direction that just keeps bringing it down.


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