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Luc Besson (Director of The Fifth Element) presents this futuristic thriller about a renegade CIA agent (Guy Pearce, PROMETHEUS) who is betrayed by his government and sentenced to 30 years frozen in a cryonic chamber 50 miles above Earth.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
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Positive messages
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Outer-space rescue adventure has lots of action violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lockout is a futuristic action movie with almost constant fighting and chasing, as well as shooting, dead bodies, and some blood. The main male character is a cocky scoundrel who treats the main female character with disrespect (including punching her), even though she's shown to be brave. She winds up becoming a damsel in distress and a romantic interest for him; as a result, there's sexual tension and innuendo between them. Language includes one "f--k," many uses of "s--t," and more. The main character also regularly smokes cigarettes, mainly -- it seems -- to annoy others.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Lockout's violence. Does it create tension and thrills, or is it disturbing? What's shown and not shown? Which has more impact?
  • Is the president's daughter a role model, or is she a victim or a stereotype? What's the impact of the violence against women in this movie?
  • Does the main character look cool when he smokes? Why do you think he chooses to do it?
  • Is rescuing the president's daughter alone more important than rescuing as many hostages as possible?

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3 stars

Lockout is a surprisingly good indie science fiction film that delivers a thrilling adventure. Though it claims to be based on an original concept, it's really just Escape from L.A. in space: the president's daughter is trapped on a prison space station and an ex-CIA operative is sent in to rescue her. Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare form a solid cast that deliver surprisingly good performances. Pearce and Grace work well together, and Pearce's character of Snow is charismatic and fun (in that cheesy, B-movie kind of way). The special effects are weak is some areas and the characters aren't fleshed out, but Lockout delivers an intense, riveting adventure.

- fb100000440772572, Saturday, August 11, 2012

3 stars

Not a great movie, but interesting and fun enough to watch.

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, January 6, 2013

3 stars

I see this Euro sci-fi-action brought Guy Pearce shifting into action-man mode. Action specialist and co-writer/producer Luc Besson has fashioned another slick thriller - with a twist of sci-fi - to rank alongside this Transporter franchise; while a buff Pearce does his best in a role more suited to Jason Statham. Fans of John Carpenter's Escape from New York will immediately recognise the premise although its safe to say that Snow is no Snake Plissken! Maggie Grace is as good as ever as the damsel in distress and the supporting actors do a bang up job as well. Guess what this is one of three Grace-Besson films including Taken sequels.

- deano, Friday, January 4, 2013