Washington, D.C., 2079, and some guy in an interrogation room is getting his clock punched. Actually, he's not just some guy, he's ex-CIA agent Snow - Guy Pearce, doing his best Bogart tough-guy act, spitting out snappy one-liners every time he gets whomped.
But Snow isn't long for D.C., or even long for planet Earth. In Lockout, a breakneck B-movie that borrows from Blade Runner, Die Hard, and Escape from New York (to name a few), our abs-flexing hero has been framed for the murder of his ex-partner. He's sentenced to 30 years of "stasis" - deep sleep - on MS One, a maximum security penitentiary floating in space.
But as luck would have it - bad luck, good luck, take your pick - the First Daughter, Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace), is also on MS One, on a humanitarian mission to see how the prison station is treating its guests. One of the convicts - a tattooed, toothless psycho (Joseph Gilgun) - is awakened from his beauty sleep to be interviewed by Emilie. Next thing you know, he has a gun, he has the girl, and he has his finger on the button that lets loose every prisoner in the place.
And so, Snow is dispatched to MS One - not to do time, but to rescue the president's daughter. And to crack wise within an inch of his life.