Watchable and quite fun, cheesy B-film that knows not to take itself too seriously, while still providing the action-style thrills. This riff on Escape From New York and 1980's action films with a video game-style is low on sense and originality, but is entertaining and has a game performance by Guy Pierce. Watch it for what it is-- a spunky and sarcastic ride-- nothing less, nothing more.
Read the plot synopsis above. Read it again. If that doesn't give you a little thrill up the leg, then I don't know what to tell you, jack! The fact that "Lockout" makes good on the promise of that synopsis, delivering a superbly silly '80s-style action film (but, you know, in space!) is nothing short of a testament to the human spirit and the power of the Besson model of international production financing.
I'd go maybe 2.5 because some of it looked good and I actually thought Pierce was funny and the only one who understood what a campy piece of trash this was going to be. Can't expect too much from the Luc Besson school of action. If he bothered to set anything up, instead of just rushing through information during confusing flashbacks, he might be able to write a decent action flick.
The first scene, featuring Guy Pearce trying to smoke a cigarette as he's repeatedly punched in the face, clued me in that Luc Besson and company were basically going for "The Last Boy Scout" in space. Guy Pearce's career will hopefully receive a shot in the arm thanks to his fun turn as a sardonic tough guy, but the screenplay is loaded to the brim with sarcastic one-liners and not a single one proves memorable.