Thursday, 19 April 2012

Lockout ★★★☆☆

Before Guy Pearce ascends into the cinematic stratosphere with Ridley Scott's long-anticipated return to sci-fi Prometheus (2012), the former Neighbours star can be seen starring opposite Maggie Grace in James Mather and Stephen St. Ledger's Lockout (2012) - an adrenaline fuelled amalgamation of frantic thrill-per-minute action with the claustrophobic tension of a futuristic thriller.

MS One is a maximum security prison stationed in Earth's orbit, home to over 500 dangerous criminals - a horrific mix of murderers, rapists and the mentally deranged. The inmates are kept in an artificial stasis, an experimental approach to penal containment which has alerted the interest of the President's daughter Emilie (Grace) - a strong-willed idealist concerned that the prison is little more than an experiment to explore the potentially fatal effects of stasis hibernation on deep space explorers. However, when an unprecedented and violent mutiny breaks out, Emilie finds herself held hostage by a rag-tag band of psychopaths. Enter Snow (Pearce), a rebellious and loud-mouthed agent currently under investigation for a crime he didn't commit (!?), who's hired by the President to rescue his daughter and clear his name.


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