December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

July 7, 2012

Lockout (2012)

When it’s over, I regret being talked into watching this film. I expected a better script from Luc Besson, the writer/director behind stylish films such as, Nikita (1990), The Professional (1994), Fifth Element (1997), Kiss of the Dragon (2001), Transporter (2002), and Taken (2008). Lockout definitely wasn’t a knockout.  There was no story or character development. Only tons of action that kept me awake, but made me feel like a vegetable afterwards from lack of engagement with the plot or any of the characters.  If you want the numbness of action sequences, one after the other, then this is the film for you.  However, if you want action plus intelligence, then skip this film.  Guy Pierce plays Snow, a futuristic Mickey Spillane tough guy, who is wrongly convicted of conspiring against the US government.  He is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) held hostage on an outer space penitentiary overrun by convicts.  A simple story of search and rescue with some potential if the script had developed the espionage subplot involving a mysterious suitcase.  Snow was desperate to find the suitcase, that when it was found, the viewer still didn’t know what was in it or its relevance to the story.  Furthermore, if the story was bad, the dialogue was worse.  Snow had enough one-liners to secure him as the most underdeveloped character in recent films. 

My rating: 2 out of 5

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