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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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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One of Stallone's finest movies. Not too well known, but I just love it!Published 10 months ago by Steve S. Morris
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 23 months ago by Linda
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 on Dec 10 2012 by Yown
The icon known as Sylvester Stallone is an ideal prisoner who is unexpectedly transferred to the depraved warden Donald Sutherland's prison. Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by Timotee
No, no, no. Would I EVER watch this ridiculous movie again? No.Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Johny Bottom
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 morePublished on Dec 20 2001 by nix
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2001 by Rock