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Talk about dumbing it down for a domestic audience — this U.S. trailer for the Guy Pearce sci-fi actioner is the type of stuff that makes you cringe. If you only saw this, and never saw the couple of International trailers that were released months ago, you might think “Lock-Out” is one lame, generic sci-fi action movie. You’d miss out on the charm of the film’s anti-hero Snow and his wicked sense of humor. Basically, all the stuff that makes “Lock-Out” the most potentially cool action movie of 2012. Instead, what you’ll get from this domestic trailer is overused voiceover by The Movie Trailer Guy, someone confirming Snow’s “the best of the best” status (gag), his “loose cannon”-ness (groan), and all that good stuff. Basically, all the tired, cliched parts of your average Hollywood action movie. When you can make the hero and the crazy bad guy boring, you’re doing something very wrong.
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
After the domestic trailer below, check out the miles better International trailer. The difference is astounding. (By the way, they may or may not have removed the hyphen from the title. Then again, overseas the film is called “MS One: Maximum Security”, so…)
Starring Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare, Lennie James, Vincent Regan, Tim Plester, Anne-Solenne Hatte, and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Luc Besson shares co-writing credit and produces.
Snow to the rescue April 20, 2012.
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