Lockout In the wack-job futuristic thriller Lockout , a disgraced federal agent (Guy Pearce) is dispatched to rescue a woman ( Lost 's Maggie Grace) who… Lockout In the wack-job futuristic thriller Lockout , a disgraced federal agent (Guy Pearce) is dispatched to rescue a woman ( Lost 's Maggie Grace) who… 2012-04-13 PT95M PG-13 Sci-Fi Maggie Grace Guy Pearce FilmDistrict
Movie Review

Lockout (2012)

STRANDED IN SPACE Guy Pearce battles zero-gravity and psychotic inmates in Lockout
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STRANDED IN SPACE Guy Pearce battles zero-gravity and psychotic inmates in Lockout
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Apr 13, 2012; Length: 95 Minutes; Genres: PG-13, Sci-Fi; With: Maggie Grace and Guy Pearce; Distributor: FilmDistrict

In the wack-job futuristic thriller Lockout, a disgraced federal agent (Guy Pearce) is dispatched to rescue a woman (Lost's Maggie Grace) who happens to be the daughter of the President of the United States (why not?). She also happens to be on a humanitarian mission to study prisoner conditions in an experimental penal colony when she's caught in the midst of a violent jailhouse riot. In outer space. With no thriller cliché left unused, the gaily outlandish plot is matched by tin-eared dialogue, ripe tough-guy overacting from the very game Pearce, and best-that-she-could acting from Grace. For good measure, Peter Stormare rumbles through as a generic government heavy.

What could be fun, though, is just a big hunk of cheese — fromage, really, since it's a French production from Euro-schlock fancier Luc Besson — and not nearly the clever idiocy it should be. Irish directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, who co-wrote the screenplay with Besson, are just off enough in their tonal calculations to make each scene a little slacker and clumsier than it ought to be to pull off this kind of gulp-and-toss entertainment. Too serious to be a parody and too stupid to be a viable action pic, Lockout floats like space junk in the final frontier. C

Originally posted Apr 11, 2012 Published in issue #1203-1204 Apr 20, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Jan 25 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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$64.4 5 $200.1 C+
2.
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$15.0 1 $15.0 C+
3.
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$12.4 2 $40.1 A-
4.
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$11.6 2 $39.7 D
5.
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$7.6 3 $76.1 B-
6.
The Imitation Game
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$7.1 9 $60.6 B+
7.
Strange Magic
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$5.5 1 $5.5 NA
8.
Selma
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$5.5 5 $39.2 A
9.
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$4.1 1 $4.1 C-
10.
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$3.9 5 $121.5 B-
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