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Pearce saves ‘Lockout’ from space silliness

  • McClatchy-Tribune
  • Published Friday, April 13, 2012, at 7:50 a.m.



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Rating: PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references)

Guy Pearce goes into low-Earth orbit to get his cool back in “Lockout,” a silly sci-fi B-picture made fun by his star turn.

It’s “Escape from New York” in space, with Pearce channeling Kurt Russell’s brawny bravado as Snow, a disgraced CIA agent sent to rescue the president’s daughter from convicts on the M.S. One space prison.

Five hundred murderers and rapists (Vincent Regan and Joseph Gilgun) are out of “stasis” and holding her as their insurance. Snow is shot into space and talked-through a space walk and break-in that will lead him to the girl.

The bad guys are generic psychopaths, the situations far-fetched and the science silly.

Action producer Luc Besson, who came up with the story and contracted others to direct it, doesn’t know much about space or physics.

But Pearce took the job and showed up for work with a script full of one-liners that fly by, even in zero gravity.

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