The Tomatometer Isn't Charmed by Guy Pearce's One-Liners from "Lockout"

Posted 3:37 PM April 10th, 2012 by Senh Duong
Guy Pearce in "Lockout"

I first heard of “Lockout” when an article on used the word “awesome” to describe the trailer. I was intrigued because I hadn’t heard of the film before then. I watched the trailer and was amused by Guy Pearce’s wisecracks.

When the first five minutes of the movie - a stable nowadays - came out, I had to take a gander. When the film begins, pearce’s character is captured, beaten, and interrogated. In between his one-liners and face being remolded, we are treated to the setup. There’s a double-cross involving Pearce’s character, a briefcase which holds something important that could possibly prove his innocence, and he’s on the run. The year is 2079.

Writers James Mather, Stephen St. Leger, and Luc Besson didn’t think that’s enough material to hold the film together, so they threw in a damsel in distress in the form of a president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) who needs to be rescued from a maximum security prison.

Pearce’s character is a wrongly convicted ex-government agent, who’s sent to that prison I assume.

From several reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, even though most of the critics are amused by Pearce’s one-liners, everything else is just too routine to garner a recommendation. Critics note John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” as an influence on the film. Despite its $30M production cost, they think it looks low-budget, with the quality of the CGI resembling that of video games. It currently has a 25% reading on the Tomatometer.

“Lockout” seems like another movie where the trailer is actually more entertaining than the movie. Funny one-liners by themselves might be able to sustain a trailer, but not enough to sustain an entire movie.

I’ll wait to see how it does when more critics get to it on Friday, but this doesn’t look good. Movies tend to debut on Rotten Tomatoes with higher scores. So far, it looks like a streamer.

"Lockout" Trailer:

First Five Minutes of "Lockout:"

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