To Sequel?

November 7, 2013

To Sequel or Not to Sequel: Lockout (2012)

Lockout is a movie that came and went from theaters with little fanfare but I have the Blu Ray standing proudly in my collection.

Sure the movie is flawed and is let down by some terrible CGI, but the one thing that made it awesome? Guy Pearce as Snow; a chain-smoking, wise-cracking John McClane style action hero and he’s arguably my favourite movie character of the past decade.

Pearce fit the role surprisingly well and really made the character of Snow his own. He’s essentially a mixture of Snake Plissken and Marion Cobretti; a gruff loner who is basically asked to rescue the President’s daughter from a prison in space.


Like Cobra, his first name is Marion and any movie that references Cobra is OK in my book.

Lockout grabbed me from the opening scene with Snow being interrogated, without being remotely intimidated. He sits there smoking while talking about “Trampolining your wife” to Peter Stormare.

In fact, check it out below:

Snow’s banter with Maggie Grace’s Emilie Warnock (The President’s daughter) is hilarious; he just doesn’t care about offending her and it takes me back to the good old days of the one-liner spewing badass.

I particularly loved this scene:

Emilie Warnock: Are you always this obnoxious?

Snow: Shh…

[Emilie gets quiet]

Emilie Warnock: [whispering] Did you hear something?

Snow: No, I’m just enjoying the silence.

The movie was fun, with some decent action and genuinely creepy villains. They were Scottish villains I might add, which is of course, another point in its favour.

The only scene which really jarred with me effects-wise in Lockout was the motorcycle chase at the beginning, which was appallingly put together.

It reeked of studio interference and I wonder what the final product would have been like if it was left in the hands of its filmmakers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Strange concept right there, isn’t it?

The movie was essentially an unofficial sequel to Escape from New York and as Kurt Russell doesn’t show any signs of returning to his eye patch wearing icon Snake any time soon, how about Guy Pearce returns as Snow to rescue someone else?

This time, the bean-counters should shut up and let the creative types actually finish the movie and give Marion Snow the movie he deserves. He’s far too awesome a character to be forgotten and needs another shot.


About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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