This sci-fi adventure produced and co-written by Luc Besson (Taken and The Transporter) takes place in 2079. Written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, the action begins as soon as the opening credits roll by with a great fight scene.
Guy Pearce (Memento) plays Snow, a special agent with a gritty exterior and quick wit. Picked up on a murder charge, he cracks jokes as he's being beaten up by an Agency honcho. Claiming that he was set up, he reluctantly accepts an impossible mission in exchange for his release when and if he returns. The job is to rescue the President's daughter, Emile (Maggie Grace) from a maximum security prison located on a space station.
She went on a fact finding trip to interview some of the prisoners. Having heard rumors that they were being put into a drug induced sleep in order to control them. Emile goes there to make sure they're being treated humanely. Before you can say "stupid idea", the scariest of the bunch breaks out of his glass room, takes her hostage and releases most of his crazy cell mates.
After phony looking space travel, Snow arrives on board to do his stuff. He finds the girl and they spend most of their time slipping out of sight from the rioting convicts. He's fast thinking and would rather use his brawn instead of weapons. There are a couple of fight scenes, but after the exciting opening, it would have been great to have a few more.
Some of the special effects and camera work is inferior and the plot has been overdone. But, the best reasons to see Lockout is for some fun action and especially for Guy Pearce, whose macho demeanor and dry sense of humor puts him in the category of Die Hard's Bruce Willis.