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This is not all that surprising but a relief none the less. I am sure that if Prometheus got a PG-13 rating, director Ridley Scott would still have found a way to thrill and scare us but by getting an R-rating opens the realm of possibilities of grotesque, sci-fi greatness so much more. And there is no doubt in my mind that this movie will be anything but epic. The latest trailer released last week for an international audience teases the horror to be seen this June. It shows a slimy creature that appears to be a cross between an eel and cobra grabbing hold of a member of the crew and the presence of little worm-like things on the bodies of other members of the crew. But to me the scariest part of the trailer is what appears to be the suffocation of one member in his suit outside the ship. Hear are some stills from the trailer:
Now I am not sure if this is all of the same crew member since they are stills from different points in the trailer but I am guessing they are. Maybe it is because I am a tad on the claustrophobic side but this picture scares the crap out of me. Set so far in the future, it is terrifying that their advanced suits could not hold up to whatever caused this.
In case you missed my previous post about this film, I have never been so excited for any film. The Alien franchise consumed my childhood with all the action figures and play sets that it feels like I am a kid again watching any Prometheus trailer. Leave a comment on your favorite part of the trailer or what you think is the scariest. If you have not seen it, here it is:
Lockout is the latest action/thriller from Luc Besson (Taken) follows a similar formula of his other action films. Lockout jumps right into the action and refuses to slow down. The premise is somewhat original with many elements from other future isolated prison films. I think the best way to describe this movie without giving away too many details is that is a cross between John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” and David Fincher’s “Alien3” (minus the alien of course).
Guy Pearce plays a wise cracking, hardened government agent who, following some misunderstanding with his superiors, has to go into space on a solo rescue mission for the President of the U.S.’s daughter (Maggie Grace) who is trapped on a run wild women-less prison holding murders and rapists used for conducting experiments. Okay maybe the premise is not too original.
Pearce’s portrayal of Lockout’s Snow is one action movie fans will like, he can take a punch while delivering effortless one-liners (much like Bruce Willis did in Die Hard). But I will say the zippy comebacks get annoying at times, some were great zingers I will admit but there are some that were unnecessary. You got the idea Snow didn’t give a crap about anything without them. Maggie Grace was a typical damsel in distress, nothing much else to add there. The villains were kind of creepy, Joseph Gilgun was off the wall but predictable and same could be said for the leader played by Vincent Regan. I actually thought of Peter Stormare as Langral as the major antagonist rather than the prisoners.
Like I say in the title, Lockout has action from start to finish which has advantages and disadvantages. The very original special effects were fantastic and fight scenes were well done which made the movie go by very fast. The problem with so much action is that the story gets jumbled or rushed. Besson used this for “Taken” and it worked out for it, but with Lockout there were some things missing or flaws in the story. One was there seemed to be some references to the President being like a tyrant by Pearce’s character but it is never really explained.
Overall Lockout was a fun movie, great action with so-so acting and an interesting outer space setting. 7/10 stars for me, maybe if it were 15 minutes longer it could have made up for its flaws.