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The film portrays England's underbelly very well and the gritty realism in the scenes puts out an unmistakable talented and accurate feeling of crime and the corrupt system. The acting was good, surprisingly good, though I had of course expected something good of Sean Bean. Bean's character wasn't written well enough to give the actor the full potential of the character but he still managed to pull of a great performance, very convincing. His supporting cast is what surprised me more, their acting was great, very detailed and very realistic. You didn't get the feeling you were watching a movie at all.
Overall this movie could have been something really great but lacked the big guns to pull it off completely. However, it is still definately a film worth watching if your willing to invest an hour and a half into really thinking through a movie and getting a feel for the corruptness and perversion in the system.
There's a strong (and I think healthy) interest in movies about vigilante justice -- whether it's the "Boondock" brothers, "Taxi Driver," "The Brave One," "Death Wish," your basic samurai movie, etc., etc. The list is endless. OUTLAW is a movie in this vein, and unlike many, it attempts (with limited success) to portray some real-world vigilantes, with all the ambivalence, fear, moral complexity and mortal risk that such a decision would entail. Like some of the other reviewers, I thought this goal lost a lot of focus in the last 20 minutes or so, when the movie degrades into "Death Wish II" or something.
But that's not why only 2 stars: I gave OUTLAW just 2 stars because ... it's almost unwatchable. Literally. I cannot fathom why this movie was filmed with such a random mix of (deliberately jittery) handheld shots and conventional tripod shots. There are very few movies, generally much more intimate films, that benefit from such self-conscious "style." I mean really -- if you're using two or three cameras to film a simple conversation, why would you cut, over and over again, between tripod-mounted and hand-held cameras? So in the middle of a sentence an actor goes from a steady frame to a wobbly close-up, then back? Over and over?Read more ›
Even Bob Hoskins part in helping out the "vigilantes" was predictable and so bad you knew when "his time was up." Bad script and bad direction.
Although this does show a little of the underbelly of the UK it is bleak and unpleasant and Bean's character has no redeeming features at all which makes it hard to sympathise with his views.
SPOILERS...As an example of how this fails to work - within a couple of days one character (a barrister) goes from balking at executing a murderer to getting involved in a machine gun shoot out with the police! There are few characters you associate with and this tagged onto a tedious script makes for some very poor viewing.
Best avoided, even if you (like me) enjoy action films
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I rented the DVD from Netflix which saved me the pain of throwing a paid-for copy in the garbage. I am a huge Sean Bean fan even though these days he seems to inevitably die... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Alastair G. Stell
Action pack but not one of Sean Bean's better performances. Bean's performance is dull and lacks luster of his other action roles.Published on February 11, 2014 by Jennifer Evans
I am a huge Sean Bean fan and always buy his movies, this one however is just plain bad. The dialogue is terrible and the plot is sketchy, please don't waste your time with this... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Beth A. Kramer
Good point to the movie just filmed cheesy. Over all good movie would recommend to watch once. Rock n RollPublished on December 15, 2012 by bones18b
Good movie for people fed up with the bad guys getting away. I would have the good guys get away too, but I didn't write it.Published on December 3, 2012 by Judy Durst
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Sean Bean and Lennie James............two amazing English actors at their best. Rough, tough, definitely not for kiddies. Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by S. Oyer
I like Brit crime, and I think Sean Bean is very good, so I was eager to see this.
Hugely disappointed, to say the least. Read more