Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace: “LOCKOUT” Punch
Pearce, whose long résumé includes L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, MEMENTO, RAVENOUS, THE PROPOSITION, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and Ridley Scott’s upcoming PROMETHEUS, plays Snow, a former government agent framed for murder who’s on his way to MS One, a space prison revolving around the Earth where 500 vicious criminals are imprisoned in stasis. When a mutiny breaks out and the thugs take a visiting humanitarian party hostage, including Emilie Warnock (Grace, who has experience with such a situation from the Besson-produced TAKEN), the daughter of the President, Snow is given an offer he can’t refuse: inflitrate the place, rescue Emilie and win his freedom. (Any resemblance to the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell ESCAPE films is, no doubt, a matter of homage.) The ensuing scenario gave Pearce the opportunity to try on the role of cynical antihero, and Grace the chance to take a little more charge and engage in more action than in her previous Besson movie.