Still from Luc Besson's Lockout

Trailer: Luc Besson’s Lockout

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.

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5 Responses

  1. Josh said 8 years ago

    So basically this is escape from Butcher’s Bay the movie?

  2. Alan S. said 8 years ago

    Ha, perhaps. But, as a fan of both that game and Luc Besson, I’d be on board with that.

  3. Lars said 8 years ago

    I stumbled across a blurb for this film while perusing Metacritic’s “Upcoming Films” section. Very excited for this, “Looper,” and “Prometheus.” The nerd in me is overjoyed to see that there’s a chance for 2012 to be a truly amazing year for science fiction. And I’m particularly interested to see what the guy who pulled off “Brick” and “the Brothers Bloom” can do with the concept of time travel. As Johnson called in the director of “Primer” as a consultant, albeit for visual design, I have high hopes, especially with the phenomenal cast he wrangled.

  4. Alan S. said 8 years ago

    I didn’t know Shane Carruth was involved with “Looper”. “Primer” isn’t a movie exactly known for visual design, but I agree that tapping the creative force behind that movie in any respect is a good idea.

    And I am with you about 2012’s sci-fi prospects. “Prometheus” alone would be enough to get me majorly excited, and the rest of the contenders will probably have their work cut out for them keeping up with it. The dark horse for me is actually “John Carter”, which looks like it could easily be terrible, but I think may surprise everyone. The fact that Michael Chabon was involved with the script should have all but the illiterate at least a little curious.

  5. Lars said 8 years ago

    I feel rather ignorant not to have known about Chabon’s work on “John Carter.” Honestly, I saw the preview, wasn’t sure what to make of it, and left it at that. Now I’ll do a little digging (or at least a touch of Googling).

    What’s your feeling about the “Total Recall” remake?

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