Yes, it’s a guilty pleasure. And, I really don’t think there’s anything original about “Lockout.” But, Guy Pearce is a very decent action hero and there’s plenty happening in this outer space adventure.
Okay, so it makes me think about other films like “Escape From New York” and “Outland.” But, I won’t apologize for liking this story of a prison in outer space, where the inmates become the jailers, after some slipshod security goofs.
Snow (Pearce) is a man framed for a crime he did not commit, of course. He’s offered his freedom, but only if he can rescue the First Daughter (Maggie Grace) from the clutches of those nasty space prisoners who came out of their deep freeze when one of them overpowers the Secret Service during a quality-of-life check. The First Daughter wanted to know if the freezing process affected their brains. Apparently it does.
The prisoners go ultra paranoid, and for good reason. Despite the facility’s cost, their captors are more than willing to blow the satellite into the next galaxy.
Anyway, Snow slips into the prison and tasked with finding the First Daughter and getting her out of harm’s way.
“Lockout” is jammed with small weapons fire, explosions and executions. If action is what you seek, you could do a lot worse. Is that a recommendation? Sort of. Grade: C+