Rated 2.0

Lockout: Guy Pearce, sporting a droll and mumbling American accent, stars as a man sentenced to prison who gets a chance to gain his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from a space prison. It’s sort of like Escape from New York set in space minus Kurt Russell and all of the fun. Pearce labors hard to be an action hero to be reckoned with, but he can’t even rise to the level of mediocre action heroes like Jason Statham or Gerard Butler. He gives a flat performance that’s due in part to a flat script that offers nothing new. Grace still hasn’t done anything all that worthwhile since her stint on Lost. The villains, a band of prisoners released from some sort of hypersleep, are cartoon characters that provide no true sense of menace. The look of the movie is drab, and the pacing is mighty dull. So, yeah, don’t go see this one.