A framed CIA agent of the future must rescue the president’s daughter from a space prison whose frozen inmates have thawed and taken over. Yes, the description sounds like this movie could be all types of awesome. If you agree, then Lockout is most probably a film for you, even if it doesn’t quite deliver on its promise. For one thing, the description implies the agent is already a prisoner during the prison revolt. Unfortunately this is not the case and he has to sneak on board. Sorry, I can’t tell you why it was considered quicker and better to transport a murderer from Earth rather than actual soldiers to perform the rescue. That plot point may jar with your expectations from the description, so better you accept it now and enjoy the rest of the movie.
Lockout was directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, who both also co-wrote along with Luc Besson, the executive producer. Luc Besson is fashioning an impressive resume of slick, bubblegum action films, and Lockout is a low-maintenance entry into the stable. It’s no Taken (2008) and it’s certainly no Léon: The Professional (1994) or The Fifth Element (1997). However, if you liked Besson’s work in The Transporter movies, Hitman (2007) or if you gave From Paris with Love (2010) a pass, then you’ll probably enjoy Lockout.