Lock Up (1989)

JOHN FLYNN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1989.  White Eagle, Carolco Pictures, Gordon Company.  Screenplay by , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , , .  

 is just about to be released from prison for what we’re told is a petty crime, when the rug is pulled out from under him: he is transferred from his comfortable prison to one hell of a maximum security nightmare thanks to a vengeful warden () whose career was once ruined by Stallone’s almost successful escape. Now our hero has to endure the bottomless pit of humanity’s worst, trying to stay sane and alive until he can be released and go home to his wife. The musclebound star is in fine form, but the film is a pale rehash of better prison movies (Bad Boys and Escape From Alcatraz come directly to mind), while Sutherland’s unapologetically hammy performance puts the film in the realm of kitsch.

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