The new movie Lockout, directed by two Irishmen: James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, has a small line in the opening credits that says, "...based on an original idea by Luc Besson..." Now, I love Luc Besson. He is responsible for the original La Femme Nikita (and everything else based on it), The Messenger (the best Joan of Arc movie ever made), and the absolutely perfect 5th Element (if you have never seen that, or if it's been a while since you've seen it -Netflix it now). He is also the man behind the incredible action career that is Jason Statham's. True - Statham was first a Guy Ritchie player - and would have continued to be fantastic in gritty British heist films...but Besson produced the Transporter, and that launched Statham's action career (Merci, Monsieur Besson). So - Yes, I adore Luc Besson, but Lockout is the furthest thing from an original idea to hit cinemas this year.
I know what you're thinking...Guy Pearce as an action hero? But he's actually the best part of this movie. Being a former lightweight bodybuilder in Austrailia - he certainly has the body of an action hero in this movie, and is able to bring just the right touch of sarcastic smarmyness to Snow's screw-em attitude (it's PG13 - had it been R, it would have been F-em attitude). At no point does he take this too seriously, which, remember is the best part of a bad movie - if everyone in it knows it's bad and just has a good time with it (again, Kull the Conqeror is the best example of this - Priest is an example the other way, where it was bad, but no one in the movie realized that).
The movie is short and quick. The action sequences are good and shot well. The movie is also fairly predictible, but honestly, I don't mind that either in a movie of this style. It does have the cheesiest ending ever, but hey, what do you expect. In reality - no one is going to be fooled into believing this is a good, original movie. Sorry Luc Besson - we know it's not an original idea. But - it is fun nonetheless.
6 out of 10. Don't expect too much - and just have fun.
gained points for Pearce's surprising action skill - who knew? Christopher Nolan knew probably. Lost points for pretending to be original - but gained points by not pretending to be great.
bonus video: Memento trailer...Guy Pearce in the first glimpse the world had into the genius of Christopher Nolan...if you haven't seen it - Netflix it now.