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RED BOX RED:NESDAY – SPACE + PRISON OUTBREAK = “Lockout”

Julian Salyer August 15, 2012 , No Comments
Overall Score
4

Cast and Talent

Unique Story / Concept

Watchability

As good as Die Hard?

Has Supplements

“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.” - IMDBOk, so the trailer is kind of garbage… or at least I think it’s garbage. It looks like a “made for tv” film that you want to miss, but perhaps that’s just the kind of film I enjoy. Regardless of how little you know about a film, there’s always a handful of buzz words that guarantee a film is going to be interesting. After browsing through a handful of red box descriptions, I saw “futuristic prison outbreak in space” and knew I was in for some sort of a treat. Turns out, I was pleasantly surprised with a touch of quality.

It doesn’t take more than a few frames to catch the well rounded nature of this film. Yes, it’s going to be an action adventure “Die Hard” in space kind of movie. But rather than play on the intensity or fear of the situation, Lockout offers a sarcastic comedic hero and directing that mimics a toned down “Crank”. They pull off a fast ‘Save the Cat’ and within the first 5 minutes of the film you’ve got a great cast of compelling and unique characters with obvious stakes that places the plot in motion and guns a blazin’.

With “Lockout”, I don’t promise anything too original or life changing, but it was definitely an entertaining flick. And considering I had watched “Bad Ass” and “Detention” in the same day, it was a great relief to start the film and feel excited to take it all in. Great cast, great fun, great film.

STATUS REPORT

BROAD vs. NICHE – Hurray! I finally offer another broad audience film. Of course, if you’re not interested in sci-fi or action/adventure then no this is not for you, but at least it’s not “Spork” or “RoboGeisha” which I recently discovered was not a film for everyone (still not convinced). “Lockout” is the kind of film you can play at a party and people are going to treat you like a hero… I think. I’ve been wrong before i.e. playing RoboGeisha for 15 strangers did not go over so well at a wedding in Kentucky.

WATCHABILITY – Oh yes! This is my favorite. Half the time, I don’t care if your film is garbage, just being able to sit through the whole thing is half the battle, especially with the amount of garbage you have to sift through these days. “Lockout” was fantastic. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you pick up this film. The opening scene hit my humor right at the core and from then on they had me by the… what I meant to say is that yes, this is super watchable. Loved every minute. Actually stopped what I was doing to sit down and enjoy this film opposed to finish chores or grab another high score on Flick Kick Football for iPhone.

WHEN TO WATCH – Man, like I mentioned literally before you read this, you’re going to want to sit down and enjoy this film. Spend some time with it, buy it a few drinks, buy yourself a few drinks and find some friends to enjoy this one with. I had a good time with it and I think you will too. I would put this up on a Friday / Saturday night, or perhaps if you like to shut in during the week, I think you’ll find this an enjoyable film. I’d even suggest you make a date out of it.

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About The Author

I watch a ton of films and tv. Most of it is pretty bad. Since visiting Sundance in 2009 I gained a special love for interesting films and began to stray from the mainstream. I find a unique joy in discovering bizarre films and rate everything on an entertainment standpoint. I especially enjoy high energy interesting films like Drive Angry, Troll Hunter, and Black Dynamite.

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