If You Liked 'Lockout', Then You Should Rent This...

by James Rocchi April 12, 2012 @ 10:41 AM
Open Road Films/MGM

[Each week, inspired by what's in theaters or in the news or even just by random firings of neurons, 'Rocchi's Retro Rental' looks at an older film on disc or download that links up to the here-and-now ...]

In the upcoming 'Lockout,' hardened convict Guy Pearce has to rescue the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) from an outer-space prison. Putting aside the question of how, exactly, you get the President's daughter from Washington D.C. to space (it's not like she could take a left turn at Albuquerque...) I have to be blunt: I'm excited to see this, if only that it'll remind me, no matter how distantly, of John Carpenter's 1981 science-fiction exploitation tough-guy fest 'Escape From New York.'

Maggie Grace Interview: The 'Lockout' Star Talks Space Jail

by Jordan Hoffman April 10, 2012 @ 2:22 PM
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images
I can assure you that I didn't spend the entirety of my time on the hotel suite couch staring at Maggie Grace's legs. I did catch myself gawking, mouth agape like a neanderthal, at her low cut cream-colored blouse, as well.
It wasn't intentional, believe me. My objective was to discuss the by-and-large entertaining Luc Besson-produced picture 'Lockout,' but, well, movie stars can sometimes turn the most professional of us into mush.
If Ms. Grace caught my gaze she rolled with it, perhaps out of exhaustion (it was the end of a full day of press) or perhaps she took a cue from her character, Emilie Warnock, the President's willfully determined daughter who, with the aid of wise-crackin' Guy Pearce, must outwit the sprung criminals in an orbiting maximum security prison. Once I collected myself, I was able to throw a few questions her way.