Action packed thrillers are made often. Generally, action movies have a lead actor on a mission to save the world and get the girl, much like action figures, except with more interchangeable plots. ‘Lockout’ looks to follow suit in some ways more than others. The film takes place in the year 2079, with ex-CIA agent Snow being held in custody by the United States. He is questioned for his actions prior to the capture, which include struggling to attain a suitcase, fighting the “bad guys” and killing his best friend. Guy Pearce stars as the elusive Snow, while Maggie Grace is Emilie Warnock, the daughter of the President of the United States.
On YouTube, ‘Lockout’ has drawn many similarities to ‘Escape from New York’, most likely due to the references towards having to find the President and taking place in the future. The difference in this film is that he must find the President’s daughter. While watching the trailer, unlike all the other trailers I have seen this year, I couldn’t help but get bored half way through. The film’s tone and characters don’t seem very interesting at first look. The film is likely to only appeal to young men to fully grown men, as some of the dialogue is difficult to follow for a younger audience. While the men are certainly handsome, I can’t see women flocking to see this film either.
‘Lockout’ was created on a $20 million dollar budget, which is great considering its opening this weekend at the Box Office. After three days, the film is estimated to have grossed just over $6 million, which is dismal for Hollywood standards. The film has a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the lower of the films I have mentioned in recent posts. Many critics complain that the film is too derivative of other films in the genre. Regardless of its critical response, the film still has an aftermath on DVD and Blu-Ray which could bring in a good profit whether or not the critics enjoyed it. ‘Lockout’ is out in theaters now.