It feels like Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon) directs a movie about once every three or four years these days, instead spending his time writing and producing and finding new film makers to inherit his vivid, frenetic directing style. He wrote the script for Lockout, and then handed the directing reins over to James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and what came out is… interesting.
It’s a detective piece, about a man wrongly accused (Guy Pearce) who must rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) — in the midst of a prison riot. That takes place in outer space. That’s my kind of crazy plot. The trailer is actually brilliant, mainly because it’s 45 seconds of hyper-edited sci-fi madness bookended by a gloriously dry, acerbic interrogation scene with Pearce getting his face knocked in while still tossing out one-liners. Coupled with some clever title-carding, and you’ve got the rare well-made trailer.
Take a look. It’s a little NSFW for colorful language:
In case you’re wondering, yes, that’s Peter Stormare doing the interrogating, and as we all learned from Constantine, all things are made better with a little Peter Stormare.