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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 (18 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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you have a spare key handy! July 13 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Lock Up" features a strong cast with the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Tom Sizemore and Sonny Landham. Stallone portrays Frank Leone, who must serve the remaining six months of his sentence at a minimum security correctional facility. Leone's cell is ransacked in the middle of the night and is taken into custody against his will by security guards from a maximum security prison, where Leone is escorted and is promptly given the guided tour of hell. The viewer, as well as Leone, is then given an explanation of Leone's transfer, courtesy of one evil Warden Drumgoole, played by Sutherland. The tone of the movie is set upon Drumgoole's intense greeting: "Welcome to Gateway, Leone". It's payback time, according to the warden, whose administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, whom Warden Drumgoole makes sure never has another pleasureable moment during Leone's sentence. Leone's stay isn't entirely unbearable, for there are a few bright spots here, as our beloved convict-hero makes some fast friends in the prison autobody shop, with the likes of Eclipse (Frank McRae), Dallas (Tom Sizemore) and First Base (Larry Romano). It is here where these individuals share a common bond of friendship, including their love of cars, which is one of "Lock Up's" few tender moments. Ah, but there can't be friends without enemies, can there? Frank finds his enemy at a prison football game, where he is brutally roughhoused by one Chink Weber (Sonny Landham). Things don't get any easier for Leone, as he is constantly belittled and brutally assaulted by Drumgoole's staff. Overall, this is a strong film, with some believable characters, although the plot in certain spots is somewhat weak and unbelievable. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stallone Is Pure Genius Nov. 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The thick plot that this movie boasts, combined with (in my opinion) Sly Stallone's best performance as a professional actor, places "Lock Up" amongst the elite films of our time. It is almost impossible for the viewer not to feel Leone's utter pain and frustration, and by the time the movie has ended, to feel as if he or she, too, was locked up. There is absolutely nothing that this movie lacks...great acting (Stallone is brilliant), pure drama and emotion, and above all else, excitement. Seeing Leone single-handidly take over the prison football game is an image that will remain with me for a long, long time. Furthermoe, Donald Sutherland is equally impressive in a lesser role. The initial meeting between he and Leone is bone-shaking, as Sutherland proceeds to utter the infamous greeting that sets the tone for the flick..."Welcome to Southgate, Leone..." and with that, the viewer's journey through teror, tumult, and ultimate victory has begun. It is a complete shame that this film was not recognized as one of the best of its day. In my opinion, critics of the late-eighties were not ready for the State-of-the-Art performance put forth by Stallone, which set the way for other movies in the near future. Truth be told, Stallone revolutionized the role of the actor in "Lock Up", and it is about time that he recieve his well-deserved due.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Sly Fans Only Aug. 21 2001
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Le DVD est super et fonctionne très très bien
Un cadeau que j'ai remis à mon fils et il a adoré ce film de Stalone. Le DVD est super et fonctionne très très bien.
Published 7 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price
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.
Published 20 months ago by Yown
5.0 out of 5 stars Flagitious Prison!
The icon known as Sylvester Stallone is an ideal prisoner who is unexpectedly transferred to the depraved warden Donald Sutherland's prison. Read more
Published on June 3 2002 by Timotee
1.0 out of 5 stars Uh........no
No, no, no. Would I EVER watch this ridiculous movie again? No.
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Johny Bottom
5.0 out of 5 stars Lock Up Is The Best!
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. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2001 by nix
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not that bad.
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. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all !!
Lock Up is certainly one of Stallone's best movie. I think Stallone works best if he plays humble person like the one he did in this movie. Read more
Published on July 25 2001 by Mian Sukiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't lock this one away
Lock up pleasantly surprised me. I went into this movie with a feeling I'd get a classic B movie with lots of action and gritty acting. Well, I was sure wrong. Read more
Published on June 13 2001 by Tyler Disley
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sylvester stallone movie
In my opinion LockUp is the best sylvester stallon movie ever. It is a great movie with the best performance of stallone. A must see.
Published on Nov. 20 2000 by Rashid Jilani
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