Monday, August 11, 2008

Movie Review: Outlaw (2007)


The film is about Danny Bryant, who leads a group of people who are victims of crimes that have not received justice and so form a vigilante gang.

Danny Bryant (Sean Bean), a long time veteran, arrives back home from a tour of military duty in the Middle East to find his wife with another man. He checks into a cheap hotel. Another man, Gene Dekker (Danny Dyer), was beaten after a car accident, leaving him traumatized. University student Sandy Mardell (Rupert Friend) was beaten because he was thought to be gay. His attackers were released from jail before he was released from the hospital with injuries that scarred him for life. Barrister Cedric Munroe (Lennie James) is trying a case against a drug kingpin, when his pregnant wife’s life is threatened. She is eventually attacked and she and the baby die. Hotel security guard Simon Hillier (Sean Harris) and the Barrister’s driver, police contact Walter Lewis (Bob Hoskins) round out the gang. All of them are convinced that the police are incapable of executing justice and need help.

“There will be no excuses. The guilty will be punished. No one is above OUTLAW”


I love revenge movies and I was pretty excited because this one had Sean Bean in it. And I know how intense, mean and evil he can be, I saw for myself in Essex Boys. But it was as if he was asleep during parts of this one. There were times where I saw the old flash of him, but then at other times, where was it? Though, I was really impressed with the performance of Danny Dyer. He makes the journey from being a total pussy to cold hearted killer over the course of the movie and it was enjoyable to watch the transformation. What a disappointing waste of good actors this film was. There were parts in the plot when I found myself screaming "It's a set up, get out of there!" Because no one in their right mind would continue under the circumstances. All in all, it was not a very fulfilling revenge movie either. I can only give it

*** of five stars.

Thankfully, you can see it without renting it for free on YouTube here.

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