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Lockout (2012). Directed and co-written by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Set in 2079, CIA agent Snow (Guy Pearce) is investigating other agents selling state secrets. He is mistakenly arrested after an agent friend of his is shot, and he is threatened with being sent to an orbital prison: MS One. Meanwhile the daughter of the US president is at MS One doing research on the prisoners. During the interview a prisoner escapes, sets free the other prisoners, and causes a riot. The president's daughter is taken hostage, and Snow is sent in to save her. On the basis of the plot Lockout sounds much like Escape From New York, although it didn't feel much like it when watching. Guy Pearce seems rather odd as the wisecracking comic book style hero, but is OK. Joseph Gilgun steals the show as a prisoner who's a particularly nasty piece of work. There's plenty of fairly good CG thrown in. Generally speaking though the film just about scraped entertaining for me, with predictable action. Inevitably recommended for fans of action that doesn't require you to think a lot. 3/5 (Average)

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I always get a kick out of mentioning "Ely's own Guy Pearce". He was born in what was the RAF hospital (now The Princess of Wales Hospital or "raff" to us yokels) to the north of the city as his Dad was serving over here in the Australian Air Force at the time of Guy's birth. I was up there not yesterday for my Drs appointment!

Guy maintains links to our fair city, acting as patron of the local Arts charity.

You'll have to let me know what movie you go and see with the voucher we got you!

Yes, thanks for the voucher! I was in a bit of a daze during the party evening, and I think I was forgetting to thank people when they handed me presents (situation normal!).

There's Judge Dredd and Total Recall on the horizon... :-)

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