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"The Outsider" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Recalled from the battlefields of Afghanistan to identify the remains of his daughter, British mercenary Lex Walker (Fairbrass) arrives in Los Angeles to find that the body in the morgue belongs to a stranger. With his daughter now missing, Walker convinces a street-wise detective (Patric) that his daughter is still alive and in danger. The two follow a trail of high-tech intrigue that leads them to his daughter's former boss (Caan), a crooked cyber-millionaire who will do whatever it takes to protect his empire – including taking down anyone who gets in his way. Driven by desperation and rage, Walker must fight his way through an army of thugs and hired killers to save the one person that means more to him than life itself.

Specifications

  • Image Entertainment
  • 2014, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
  • 1080P
  • 5.1 DTS-MA
  • Starring: : Jason Patric, James Caan, Craig Fairbrass
  • Directed by:Brian A. Miller
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Sensuality
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Beware of any movie that casts an aging star that is on the downward slide of their career. How many B films baddies has Caan played in the last 5 years? Here he is a criminal mastermind. What nefarious crime network is he involved in? Credit card identity theft. Scary, right? So our hero is called back from Afganistan to pick up the body of his daughter who was bumped off by Caan because she "knew too much". Only when dad (Fairbrass) goes to retrieve her body, he finds that she is not dead. So rather than find her and get her safely outta Dodge, he combines forces with her and her 2 friends to put the hurt on Caan. All of this is just an excuse for our hero to bust heads, which he does, but without the panache of Van Damme or Statham. It's all fists and elbows. The other issue is Fairbrass has such a heavy British accent and mumbles so much that you can barely understand what he's saying throughout the entire movie. And I am not even going to mention the excessive use of flare effect on every light in L.A. that will drive you bonkers (Oops, I guess I did mention it). Overall, this film is too blunt and simplistic be another movie like The Limey. I recommend you leave this one outside.

Technical

The picture suffers from excessive grain and murkiness in the dark scenes. The afore mentioned flares are maddening and the camera work goes from shaky hand-held to rock steady...often in the very same scene. Please, pick a style and stick with it! The rest of the film is colorful, detailed and sharp, if somewhat flat in depth. The sound is punchy with some deep bass in the soundtrack, but none of that makes understanding Fairbrass dialog any easier to comprehend.

Extras

None.