Miss the days when John Carpenter would happily toss Kurt Russel into a brutal sci-fi prison just so we could watch him fight his way back out? Yeah, me too. The last great entry into this tiny niche was back in 2004, when Neil Marshall unleashed Doomsday upon the world (let’s not pick nits over the fact it swapped “prison” for “containment zone”), but now French action maestro Luc Besson has stepped up and thrown his hat into the ring. Besson has already touched upon similar ground with the script he wrote for the highly entertaining District B13, but judging by this trailer, Lockout has roughly a billion times the budget and (sadly) none of the parkour.
And in case you’re worried this is simply too close to Escape From New York for comfort, this prison happens to be up in space, and it’s not the president he’s going in to save, it’s the president’s daughter. So, totally different.
PS: Maggie Grace really needs a few lessons on how to avoid being kidnapped.