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Lockout (15)

Lockout (15)

Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

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The critical consensus

The derivative screenplay only makes you remember the films being copied more fondly.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The Herald, 19/04/2012

Shot in Serbia, with a mostly European supporting cast adopting American accents, it looks and sounds like what it is: reconstituted DVD fodder that’s wandered into cinemas by mistake.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Scotsman, 19/04/2012

Luc Besson’s clunky, space-bound actioner apes ’80s B-flick excess but skimps on all the good parts. Fans of really bad science and pixelated CGI won’t be disappointed, though.

**(*)(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 19/04/2012

Isn't a good movie but has a speedy slapstick nastiness.

**(*)(*)(*)Antonia Quirke, Financial Times, 19/04/2012

Pearce’s impish disdain helps glue it together, but there’s another ace in the hole: it’s the fantastic Gilgun (This is England, Misfits), whose manic scuzziness as a scarred, tattooed, glass-eyed, and generally uncontrollable Glaswegian sex pest is hilariously repellent.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 19/04/2012

It’s just not quite as much fun as it should be, despite Pearce’s best efforts and some good chemistry with Grace. Unusually for an action thriller, this could have benefited from being just a little longer.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 16/04/2012

Even with the bonus of Pearce’s sardonic performance Lockout is still little more than a soulless, slapdash computer game.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/04/2012

Pearce has fun; world-weary in the style of a 15-year-old told one too many times to tidy his room – but shoddy special effects and the surface-level sass of the president's daughter leave this one spinning in low orbit.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Barnes, The Guardian, 19/04/2012

The effects are generally impressive and the plot rattles along at a fair old crack...That said, Lockout isn’t anything like a must-see.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 20/04/2012

The most interesting feature of Besson's film is that the outer-space jailbirds are led by a Scot with a striking resemblance to George Galloway.

Philip French, The Observer, 22/04/2012

As bad sci-fi B-movies go, it's cheap enough to be inoffensive, but not quite silly enough to be lovable.

Tim Walker, The Independent, 22/04/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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