Okay for anyone who knows Guy Pearce and or Maggie Grace…what? Nobody knows them, well, at least I’m not the only one as these two actors who co-star together in the post future flick Lockout are not exactly the star power needed to help this movie along to blockbuster status.
To be honest, though, I don’t think Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, or Sean Connery could have saved this one.
It starts off innocently enough with an ex-government agent being framed for the murder of an informant and is sentenced to multiple decades in a ‘locked’ outer space facility where only the worse of the worst go. I find it ironic that they not only put these undesirables into this off world prison, but to compound matters, they also put them into stasis so they can’t cause trouble.
Before you get ahead of me, yes, these stasis fields tend to turn some prisoners either violent or completely out of their ever loving minds.
Enter Maggie Grace, who plays the president’s daughter sent to the outer space facility as a goodwill mission to make sure the inmates are treated fairly and properly. Boy is she in for a rude awakening.
Here’s where the main story comes into effect.
It seems some of the prisoners woke from their slumber and took hostages including the President’s daughter. This is where Pearce’s character gets involved. Instead of sending him up the river, or in this case into space, the President offers him a choice; save his daughter or never see the light of day.
Okay, we all know his answer so let’s fast forward to where he gets inside unnoticed, at least initially, and goes about finding the President’s daughter.
Wait, back up, there seems to be a side story where his friend has a briefcase that holds important information, but he was arrested before he could tell Pearce where he hid it. Ah, but guess what, he was sent to the same outer space prison facility.
What a coincidence or is it called continuity in the movie business. As the violence ensues, he finds his friend who isn’t all there and is seemingly not making any sense. Yeah, right, follow the clues.
As expected sparks fly between Grace and Pearce, and by the end of the movie, not to put out a spoiler, but we’re left to still wonder what is in the briefcase, and even the surprise ending is not much of a surprise.
So, before putting this on tonight, please remember that there are no blockbuster stars here, and the story falls flat fast.
But if you want to numb yourself with a prison riot, violence, blood, and mayhem, go ahead give this movie a shot. I mean, what do you have to lose, just 90-minutes of your time.