A lot of things have been on my mind lately. It’s a new year, I’m engaged, and I’m waiting on news that may change my life. (Job news, nothing really that spectacular.) That being said, I just don’t have it in me to talk about anything too complicated. I just wanted to clear my head today with something simple. What better way is there to do that than to watch a mindless action movie? Luckily, when it comes to “mindless action movie,” Lockout pretty much hits the nail right on the head.
This movie has such a basic plot that it can be summed up in a single sentence. I’ll allow the Netflix summary to do the honors: “A former government agent wrongly accused of a crime gets a shot at freedom — if he can engineer a high-risk mission to outer space in order to rescue the president’s daughter from a prison where the inmates are in control.” When it comes to “mindless action movies,” you just can’t get more generic than that.
The word of the day today is “generic.” Everything about this movie just feels very “middle of the road” average. The plot felt like every other “prison break/building under siege” movie ever made with half the creativity and none of the enjoyment. Where other movies might take chances or throw curve balls, this movie just checks off every item on the action movie check list. Crazy inmates? Check. Very important woman in trouble? Check. Only one guy can do it? Check. He’s the most badass badass that has ever been a badass? Double check. Badass and woman in trouble eventually hook up despite hating each other at first? Triple check. It just felt so predictable while watching it.
The characters were nothing special. The “woman in trouble” this time was the daughter to the President of the USA, played by Maggie Grace. The character was really just bland, not all that exciting in the least. The badass was Snow, played by Guy Pearce. He was the usual blend of cockiness, action hero, selfishness, and flirty-ness. He was a bit annoying at times with his cocky attitude, but I never cared enough about him to really get mad.
You know what’s worse than having horrible things to say about a movie? Having absolutely NOTHING to say about it. This movie was just very bland. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. It was just sort of alright. It’s worth a look if you’re curious enough and in the mood for a generic action movie. Otherwise, it’s nothing new or fun. It’s one big pile of generic nothing, the cinematic equivalent of eating buttered toast. Sure, it tastes alright, but it’s just not enough.