Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Movie Review: Lockout

On Saturday, Kate and I decided to catch a matinee and give Majzy some practice being quiet in a movie theater. We paid $7.50 each for a noon showing with only 4 or 5 other people in the theater.  Speaking of, why is a matinee $7.50 these days?  In my day, a matinee cost $3 even. And in those days, nickels had bumblebees on em...

I seem to have lost my train of thought.  Let's try again.  On Saturday the three of us hopped in the car and went to see Lockout

Our expectation was to see a movie where a tough guy punches, shoots, and explodes lots of other tough guys to save the President's daughter.  Or whatever.  And that is exactly what we got.

The movie looked a lot like a video game.  There was a motorcycle chase scene right at the beginning that looked like a cut-scene from Grand Theft Auto or something (you saw it in the trailer above).  I don't say that in a bad way.  It's all about expectations: I hated the Star Wars prequels because (among other things) they looked like video games on the big screen and I expected them to look like the old ones with Han Solo kissing princesses.  I expected this movie to be full of CGI so it was OK with me. 

The movie format also seemed like a video game to me.  I'm not sure how to explain that to anyone who has never played a FPS before, but if you have you'll know what I mean.  The good guy breaks into the bad guy base, finds the girl, gets her to the exit point, etc.

The writing was slightly better than I expected.  But then, with lines like "he's the best there is...but he's a loose cannon" in the trailer, how could it not exceed expectations?

All in all, a very fun movie.  Would I spend $15 to see it again?  Maybe not.  But not definitely not.

1 comment:

the House of Payne said...

What we want to see is the Avengers. Maybe if Joss Whedon earns enough money with this movie, he will finally be able to bring back Firefly.

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