Luc Besson Found Guilty of Plagiarizing ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK for LOCKOUT

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    LOCKOUT's Luc Besson Found Guilty of Plagiarizing ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

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    French filmmaker Luc Besson has been ordered to pay Hollywood's self-styled "Master of Horror" John Carpenter nearly half a million dollars for plagiarising his classic 1981 movie Escape from New York, court documents revealed Friday.

    The director of The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita had denied that his 2012 film Lockout copied the cult futuristic thriller in which New York's Manhattan island is a giant prison that has been overrun by its inmates. Kurt Russell plays a government agent-turned-convict who goes inside to rescue the US president after his plane crash-lands there.

    An appeals court in Paris ruled that Lockout had "massively borrowed key elements" of the earlier movie, according to a judgement put online Friday by BFMTV. Critics have long pointed to the uncanny parallels between the two films.

    In Lockout, Guy Pearce plays a wrongly convicted man who is offered his freedom if he can free the US president's daughter from a jail in outer space which its violent prisoners have taken over.

    Carpenter had demanded 2.2 million euros in damages ($2.4 million). Last year the court found in his favor and ordered Besson, his Europacorp production company and his co-writers to pay a total of 85,000 euros to Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal, which holds the rights to Escape from New York.

    Besson appealed, with his spokesman telling AFP that the judgment was a "block on artistic freedom". But the appeal court disagreed, increasing the damages more than five-fold to 450,000 euros.

    Its judges said there was a long line of similarities between the films.

    The heroes of both "got into the prison by flying in a glider/space shuttle, had to confront inmates led by a chief with a strange right arm, found hugely important briefcases and meet a former sidekick who then dies".

    "And at the end (of both films the heroes) keep secret documents recovered during their mission," the judgement added.

    French producer Luc Besson Found Guilty of Plagiarising John Carpenter's Action Classic 'Escape from New York'
     
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    Lockout was one of the worst movies I've seen in the last handful of years. Besson should be glad he doesn't get credit for writing it anymore.
     
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    Also guilty of turning decent movies into fucking blasphemous sequels.
     
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    This will open a huge can of worms. Do studios traditionally pay royalties when they sample or rip off ideas like the music industry does?
     
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    who's the chief in escape from ny with the strange arm?
     
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    Interesting. Guess I'll need to watch them back to back to know exactly how I feel about this.
     
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    Good. Escape from NY is one of my top 10 all time favorites. Having it besmirched like that was a travesty.
     
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    I thought it had been besmirched by Escape from LA until I saw Lockout.
     
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    I still kind of enjoyed escape from LA, kind of a guilty pleasure.
     
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    Never saw Lockout, never even heard about it. It must really suck. Very low critics & audience ratings, around 40%.

    I really liked The Messenger, Taken, and of course Leon The Professional. Most recently, Lucy (2014) was enjoyable, Scarlett Johansson in an action flick.

    Seems like he directs a real stinker once in awhile though.
     
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    Steven Spielberg respects the shark effects of John Carpenter.

     
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    I completely forgot Stacey Keach was in that. But that's what I get for going 20 years without seeing it.
     
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    I remember early on there are these helicopters that look SO fake that I think I literally laughed. Man, that movie had some terrible effects. It's like they weren't even trying, even for '96.
     
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    If I were Kurt Russell, I'd honestly have been pissed off when I saw the finished product. Like, "get John on the phone" pissed off.
     
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    Shit, he may have been. Then again, the movie is so ridiculous anyway that he may have just been like, "Okay, that fits."
     
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    Lockout is solid

    Guy Pearce kicks ass
     
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    The drop off from the New York to LA movies is so drastic that I just kinda pretend the LA movie never happened.
     
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    Escape from LA is the shit. Amazing cast, weird characters, creative SFX, dat ending ... In some ways it was ahead of its time. Shit has an ass-kicking black tranny in it for example - release it in 2016 and you're talking Oscar nominations

    Was an amazing one-two with Johnny Mnemonic in the mid-90's. I watched the shit out of both of them
     
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    Will go to my grave without seeing Escape from LA.
     
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    This guy is one creepy dude

    I'll never forget him
     
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