Watch the Opening Scene of Lockout Starring Guy Pearce
04.07.12 by BJSprecher
It's tougher than ever to sell R-rated sci-fi movies to American moviegoers — just ask Vin Diesel about his battle with Universal to secure an R-rating for Riddick 3 or Ridley Scott about his ongoing fight with Fox to release Prometheus with an R-rating — let alone R-rated sci-fi movies from Europe made on a miniscule (by Hollywood standards) budget. Which is likely the reason why Europa Corp. has decided to market its new Luc Besson-produced sci-fi movie, Lockout, by releasing more than 1/10th of the film for free on the internet, first with the release of a 5-minute chunk of action from Snow's (Guy Pearce) Star Wars-esque shenanigans in space and now with the nearly five-minute opening sequence of the movie, which takes place primarily on Earth and has a decidedly Bourne Identity feel to it.
Here's the synopsis of Lockout:
A man (Pearce) wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter (Maggie Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Lockout was co-written by Besson and co-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger). Peter Stormare (Constantine), Anne-Solenne Hatte (Callback), Lennie James (Colombiana) and Joseph Gilgun (U.K. TV's Misfits) also star.