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.'
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.
It's April. The calm before the storm. The buffer between the Spring movie season and the Summer movie season. In other words, it's the perfect time to release a Luc Besson-scripted sci-fi action film starring Guy Pearce. And wouldn't you know it, the opening five minutes of 'Lockout' are online right now!
While WonderCon this past weekend in Anaheim was filled with wall-to-wall comics books, anime and video games, it was also host to some of the hottest movies coming out this year, including a five-minute preview of the futuristic action film 'Lockout'.
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