Blu-ray Review: LOCKOUT - You Can't Escape Your Inspirations
Directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger respective shorts work appears to have given them insight into getting in and out of a scene as quickly as possible: if there's a bit of Lockout that you're not enjoying, that's okay, because the movie's just going to bob along to the next bit of peril that Snow and Emilie will drop into. It zips along from deal gone bad to car chase, to prison riot, and onward without stopping to allow the viewer to catch their collective breath.
As Snow, Pearce reveals a sort of endless reserve of cocky charm, a back pocketful of jokes for the violent situations in which he finds himself. There's a fine line between what Pearce does here and grating one-liners, but thankfully his performance is calibrated in such a way that his character is simply trying to needle other characters in the scene along. It's one part messed-up defense mechanism when he's being punched in the face, one part staying on the offensive to keep his enemies off balance.
Maggie Grace is a little less steady in her role which mostly requires her to be exasperated with Snow or menaced by one con or another. her character opens up a little in the back half beyond panicked victim, but she's no match for Pearce's magnetism. Vincent Regan and Joseph Gilgun are more successful in their respective roles as hardened criminals, one a sort of baroque Scottish sadist with a real hate on for the President's daughter.
Sure there are some imperfections here: the opening motorcycle chase has some truly unfortunate CG, and again, Grace fails to have much presence in the film, and the concern about some missing proof that could exonerate Snow doesn't really develop into a compelling mystery. But take the action movie on its own propulsive merits, and it's good fun in a tidy package.
First, there's "A Vision of the Future" (10:13) where the film's art director and production team talk about the design of Lockout. You get a relatively useful peek into some of the thinking that went into the design in this brief making of.
"Breaking Into Lockout" (11:10) is a more general EPK deal with the cast and crew talking about the characters and story.
Lockout is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD now.