It is almost as though Kitano is saying that nothing can stop him from defeating the rivals, successors and pretenders who, in his absence, have tried to move in on his (generic) turf
It's a gangster story, told well, with no punches pulled.
| Original Score: B
Happily, Outrage is super-cool; it's inventive, funny, and shocking enough that it really doesn't matter much where Kitano has been. He's back now.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment.
Functions more as a reminder of past glories than as a harbinger of new concepts.
It's retaliation without foundation, all fun and games until everyone gets hurt.
The film's engine chugs away, keeping up the solidly enjoyable frenzy of cruelty, with gangster turnover taking place so fast, so furiously that at times it's tough keep the alliances and betrayals straight.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A swift kick in the soft parts sure to release some holiday tension.
| Original Score: 3/5
Be warned that this is a violent movie, even for a gangster film, and Kitano relishes in depicting his characters' ruthlessness.
.. 'Macbeth' by way of 'Goodfellas,' a labyrinthine game of cat-and-mouse bathed in buckets of the red stuff ... a funny, subversive assault on the crime genre. Kitano's best since 'Sonatine.'
| Original Score: 3/4
Kitano's gangsters display enough ambition to make Macbeth blush.
| Original Score: A minus
A masterpiece of denied expectations - every act of vengeance happens too late to satisfy but just in time to spark more.
If a bracing brew of criminal connivance and exquisite bloodletting is to your liking, Takeshi certainly provides it.
The editing (by Kitano) and lensing are stylish and guaranteed to keep viewers hooked through the final rubout.
So low-key and offhanded in its mastery that it becomes something like a pulp sleight-of-hand trick.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mr. Kitano's immaculate compositions and eccentric flourishes are part of the film's sustained, muted pleasures and are often in service to some underlying meaning.
Because of Kitano's assured handling of the material, he turns those broad strokes into a tense portrait of power-hungry men with insatiable appetites and the incapacity to shut up about it.
[Kitano] directs with such wicked confidence and so many gleefully extreme flourishes...
[Takeshi's] sense of style is very much in evidence here, and so is his sense of humor.
Slow and sizzling with occasional stabs of blood red violence, Outrage is a solid entertainment.