Lockout REVIEW

Joe Gilgun in Lockout.

David Bowie had had a rough night.

Release Date: 20 August 2012
2012 | 15 | 95 minutes | £19.99 (DVD)/£24.99 (Blu-ray)
Distributor: Entertainment In Video
Directors: James Mather and Stephen St Leger
Cast: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James

Lockout is the sort of movie that, in decades past, would have top-lined Kurt Russell or Jean-Claude Van Damme – a macho SF action flick with no artistic pretensions.

Guy Pearce plays the Snake Plissken of the piece, wise-cracking ex-CIA maverick/asshole Snow. After the President’s daughter is captured during a break-out at orbiting space prison MS One, he’s sent in on a one-man rescue mission.

Everything plays out exactly how you’d expect: Snow’s coarse manners rub his damsel in distress up the wrong way, while the escaped cons are scar-faced psychos who’ll kill a man just to emphasise a point. It’s a mean, flippant film, whose casual approach to life eventually threatens to leave a bad taste, and a subplot in which Snow searches for proof he was framed for murder (he was on the way to space chokey himself) never quite captures the imagination. But the laconic one-liners (“I’d rather castrate myself with blunt rocks”) and bruising action (including an airborne punch-up in an anti-gravity field) keep you hooked.

Why not just watch Escape From New York? Well, for one thing, potty-mouthed Misfit Joe Gilgun wasn’t alive when that came out. We could happily watch Gilgun ironing socks, so seeing him kick out the jams as nutjob Scotsman Hydell is a real treat.


Short featurettes on the action, the aforementioned “torsion field” sequence, and MS One’s construction; unreleased scenes; half an hour of interviews with co-director Stephen St Leger and several cast.

Ian Berriman twitter.com/ianberriman

For an alternate perspective, read our Lockout review from the theatrical release.
Read our utterly bonkers Joe Gilgun interview.
Watch the first four minutes of Lockout.

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