How’s this for badass popcorn movie fun—Luc Besson teams up with Guy Pearce to lift the basic premise of the Escape From New York/Escape From L.A. series and drops it in the middle of an outer space maximum security prison riot. Not bad, right? Not exactly the most original story—Pearce plays a wrongly disgraced and convicted government agent who’s given a chance to go free, provided he can rescue the president’s daughter from the violent inmates of a space station prison—but Pearce can make nearly anything work. And now you can view the first five minutes of Lockout after jump.
The first five minutes of the film feature Pearce’s Agent Snow doing his best Snake Plisskin while struggling to light a cigarette and drop one-liners while getting a vicious beating during an interrogation. The fact that the basic story has been told before—morally ambiguous anti-hero is given a chance at reprieve if he goes into a scary place and rescues an innocent—but the always-excellent Pearce plays the role with his typically fierce magnetism, and the quasi-John Carpenter premise is kind of hard to resist. Besson’s films can sometimes be over-the-top messes, but Lockout looks like it could be a winner.
Lockout’s U.S. release is April 20. The film was co-written and directed by James Mather, executive produced and co-written by Luc Besson, and co-starring Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Joseph Gilgun, Vincent Regan, and Jacky Ido.
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