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Lock Up [Import]

Sylvester Stallone , Donald Sutherland , John Flynn    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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With vanity projects like 1989's schlocky Lock Up to his credit, it's a wonder Sylvester Stallone survived to make some better movies in the '90s. This is a brutal dose of macho action that Stallone squeezed in between Rambo III and Rocky V, and his fans didn't seem to mind, so who's to judge? It's not as bad as Sly's other 1989 disaster (Tango & Cash), but you'd have to be demented, drunk, or have really low standards to call this a good movie. But if you're in a primal mood you'll get a kick out of this grimy flick, which would qualify as Z-grade exploitation if it weren't for Stallone's beefy presence as Frank Leone, a cooperative prisoner who's six months shy of parole when he's relocated to a hellhole called Gateway Prison. The wretched high-security facility is commandeered by Warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland), who is determined to settle an old score with Stallone ... and you can pretty much guess the rest. Director John Flynn didn't exactly distinguish himself with this one (he'd go on to direct forgettable fare like Out for Justice and Brainscan), but there's more visual style here than you might expect, and Sly manages to take it all so seriously that you can easily enjoy this gut buster as an unintentional comedy. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's STALLONE for crying out loud!!! Feb. 5 2003
Ok, so the guy who did the Amazon.com Editorial review calls the people who enjoy this movie demented, drunk, or having really low standards. Who says you have to take the movie seriously...just enjoy it; I think we all realize that what happens in this movie would never happen in real life, and that's what makes it so cool. I say Lock Up is one of Stallone's more memorable movies for me although it is one of his lesser known roles. This movie probably wouldn't be good if it were played by anyone other than Stallone, but it isn't so it's great. Stallone plays Frank Leone, a man serving a short and normal prison sentence, when he is suddenly and inexplicably sent to Gateway, a hell-hole of a prison, with the evil Warden Drumgoole in charge, played very well by Donald Sutherland. Drumgoole employs a bully named Chink, (played by Sonny Landham) to make sure Leone's time at Gateway is as unpleasant as possible. The most memorable moment in the film for me is when Leone goes after Chink when he crosses the line. On the front of the DVD one critic states, "A surprisingly human film." I must agree. You really start to feel for Frank Leone after he is given such a hard time, and you want to see him exact his revenge like only Stallone can.
Stallone just has a certain aura about him, ya know? Like he's almost not human, with larger-than-life characters like Rocky and Rambo in his name, but something more...maybe I am just, demented...but I think a lot of Stallone fans know exactly what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie Nov. 20 2002
I was told that this was a bad movie and that it would be a waste of time to watch it, but I had to see for my self and form my own opinion.
I think this is very good movie, not like anything sly had done before (maybe that's why I like it).
I strongly recommend this movie to anyone with an open mind to judge it for what it really is and not for what it should be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price Dec 10 2012
By Yown
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent copy, I wanted an action movie and that's what I've got. Totally worth the price I paid. The movie is great, I wish they would do more like these nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flagitious Prison! June 3 2002
By Timotee
The icon known as Sylvester Stallone is an ideal prisoner who is unexpectedly transferred to the depraved warden Donald Sutherland's prison. I was scandalized when the police officers handcuffed Stallone during the middle of the night and drove him to the evil Sutherland's prison! Irate! Sutherland and Stallone had a troubled past and Sutherland was getting revenge. Oh, you know what happens when you mess with a legend. No mercy upon him! Stallone plays football with inmates, has a car destroyed, and he doesn't know who to trust. Stallone gets reprisal when his friend is murdered by Sonny Landham (crazy guy from "Predator"). Stallone tries to break out of prison and got his hands on the sadistic Sutherland. Electrifying! Stallone gives his most thoughtful performance since the Rambo trilogy. Almost golden.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Uh........no Jan. 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
No, no, no. Would I EVER watch this ridiculous movie again? No.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lock Up Is The Best! Dec 20 2001
By nix
Lock Up is the best Sly Stallone film ever! If you want to watch a prison film which is emotional. This is it! OR even if you just want to watch a film. Frank Leone meets the infamous Drumgoole again and is put in a 'hell-hole' prison. A real prison actually, one of the worst in the world. Leone becomes friends with other people who have made mistakes in the past. There's a football match in the mud. Trivia: Stallone nearly broke his leg in the match. It was a rough game. The hardest shot in the film. The film is packed. Truly great and at the top of my list. Get the DVD, it even makes the film better! The picture quality and sound quality are great! I don't know what the DVD reviewer was watching when they rated this. Evryting is good. I love the Bill Conti music which is emotional. And Ever Since The World Began by Jimi Jamison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not that bad. Dec 7 2001
By Rock
Let me start by saying that I'm not demented, I don't drink, and I have fairly stringent standards when it comes to what I watch. That being said, I wish all the critics and haters out there would give Stallone a break, especially concerning this movie. Granted , my entire family, being from Philly, is unabashedly pro-Stallone. Even so, I can say without bias that he does a great job here, mixing prison drama with hard action. Also, you have a triumvirate of great character actors: Donald Sutherland (creepy as usual), Tom Sizemore (hyper as ever), and John Amos, who plays James Evans playing a prison guard ("Junior, you betta put a lock-down on yo' lips!") It won't win the critics' award for Best Film of the 90's, but who cares? Just watch it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Sly Fans Only Aug. 21 2001
Okay, not a great movie... but if you like Stallone, it's worth checking out. Without Stallone, this thing probably wouldn't have made it to the theaters; it has the feel of a straight-to-cable flick. Definitely not a classic prison escape movie.
Actually, Tom Sizemore is worth seeing here too, if you're a fan of his. He has some nice moments as the deceptively helpful inmate that befriends Stallone.
The DVD is pretty inexpensive, but does include a couple modest special features. Usually, these low-priced DVDs are 'movie only' editions, but "Lock Up" has two short featurettes. One is a 7 minute 'making of' promo, and the other-- not listed on the case-- is entitled "Sylvester Stallone" and is a 3 minute piece featuring more interview clips with Stallone. Pretty cool that the DVD producers added that. Also included is the theatrical trailer and decent cast/crew/production notes.
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