Review of Lockout (2012)


ImageLockout (2012) – IMDb.

I tried watching this the other night, but I fell asleep within the first ten minutes of the film. Not exactly indicative of a captivating film. Tonight I gave it another chance and managed to watch the entire thing. That is not exactly saying much about the film though, is it?

Truth be told, this movie does not have a huge plot. It would be fair to say that it barely has a shallow plot. Within the first ten minutes I knew what the primary plot line had to be, and that was before all the elements were in place to put it fully in motion. The conclusion was inevitable, and the only question would be how obvious they were in pursuing the inevitable conclusion. Turns out they were pretty obvious about it.

So, while the plot and story left nothing to the imagination, the action was actually pretty decent. I enjoyed the science fiction elements in this film, and the graphics work for those elements was pretty well handled. Predictable perhaps, and hearkening back to some classic science fiction movies with some seriously obvious pulls like the line of “make for the tunnel” which, combined with the flight sequences draws a fan right into the Star Wars franchise.

As to the combat sequences, while they were really pretty predictable, they were actually well choreographed. There were some pretty well put together combat sequences, and those provided the filler for what was in all likelihood a 20 page script into something more than a 15 minute clip.

Aside from the combat and science fiction sequences the only other mildly redeeming factor to this film was the abundance of one-liners uttered by the star of the film. Every time you turn around he had a line of some sort, and by the end of the film those were really all that kept me interested in finishing the movie.

The movie was not a complete waste, but it certainly was not something that I find any interest in seeing more than once. It certainly is not a movie that will be going into our library, and will be headed back to Netflix tomorrow.

My rating? I give it 3 of 5 stars.

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