Me and My Nine Iron

April 16, 2012

Lockout review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 1:12 pm

Seen at a pre-release screening in Santa Monica:

Guy Pearce, in the Q&A with Maggie Grace after the showing, called it just a popcorn movie, but I thought that was a disservice to this solid sci-fi action movie. It’s a fun ride with tons of one-liners from the lovable protagonist played by Pearce, whose witty banter with Grace makes the unassuming sexual tension one to eat up.

Written by Luc Besson, writer and producer of the Taken and Transporter franchises, this was, well, a fun popcorn movie. Okay, so Pearce was right, but only in a huge compliment sort-of-way. Rotten Tomatoes, however, called it “too derivative and shallow.” Shallow? What does that even mean? Saving the President’s daughter seems like a pretty fucking big deal, and there are more layers and twists than other shitty action movies. Simply, I didn’t dislike anything about it.

Pearce gets yolked for this role and could every bit hold his own against the likes of Mark Wahlberg, who I saw the resemblance to throughout his performance. He’s too good not to get bigger roles and maybe, at the age of 44, can finally get a little more recognition with four movies this year, including the much-anticipated Prometheus.

Afterwards, the two stars chatted with Access Hollywood’s movie critic for about 20 minutes, and Grace, who I think is one of the top 5 most beautiful actresses, is tall (5’9″ before heels), skinny and absolutely stunning. Pearce was looking quite the middle-aged man with glasses and a scarf but was hilarious throughout. Loved the part when an orthodox Jew with a yamaka stood up and told Pearce, “You were horrible in (this one movie).” Pearce took it in stride, thanking him, and the asshole got up and left right after.

Between this and The Cabin in the Woods, two of Friday’s new releases, I would recommend the latter. But you’ll definitely have a good time with this movie as well.

Lockout opened in theaters Friday.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 6.9
What it should be: 7.4




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