The Outsider (2014)
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A British mercenary scours L.A. for his missing daughter with the help of a seasoned inner-city detective in this gritty action thriller. Lex Walker (Craig Fairbrass) is fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan when he is summoned to L.A. to identify his daughter Sam's remains. When the sheet at the morgue is pulled back, however, Lex is alternately shocked and relieved to see that it is not his little girl laid out on the slab. Yet the question remains - if this isn't his daughter, where has
Feb 7, 2014 Limited
Jun 16, 2014
RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment
Brian A. Miller
John R. Mangus
L.A. Police Officer
John Michael Sudol
Depuity Sheriff (Car...
Roger L. Pfeiffer
Deputy Sheriff Kolfa...
James DeWitt III
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Just know, then, that when the big caper finally arrives, you will neither grasp nor care about what's going on.
"The Outsider" is a subpar version of "The Limey" starring a subpar version of Terence Stamp.
Given a lot of style, this could have been another "The Limey"; given even a bit more humor and flashier action sequences, it might have passed for another Statham picture.
Fairbrass moves stiffly through both the drama and fight scenes - as if he were underwater. Supporting parts in Jason Statham movies may be his calling, instead.
Fairbrass proves a hulking wannabe ass-kicker without much distinctive charisma, and his leaden performance is matched by sleepy, one-note supporting turns by the slumming-it Patric and Caan.
Blunt and simplistic, there's not a moment in this thriller that feels inspired by anything other than criminal TV shows.
Embraces its disposable B-movie leanings, but remains mediocre even under these modest prospects.
...The Outsider resembles the types of amateur movies we'll be watching in the future-shoddy simulations of genres we like, with either us or a similarly charisma-less family member edited into a film as the lead alongside professional actors.
This isn't Taken, unless that's how you feel after forking over $10 bucks to see this thing.
Sadly, [a certain] baseline competence elevates The Outsider, just barely, into the realm of perfect forgetability.
A thoroughly generic action picture...The Outsider never rises above the clichés of an overpopulated genre.
Any entertainment value comes from peripheral things, like wondering what excuse they'll find to get Shannon Elizabeth into a tight, low-cut dress, or why every single light source in this film, no matter how small, emits a blinding lens flare.
The Outsider doesn't break the action movie mold in any way but it is an efficient little, low-budget crime thriller that has the good sense to not overstay its welcome.
The imposing Fairbrass makes for a formidable action hero, but he's no match for the inert direction, boilerplate dialogue and razor-thin characters he trounces with ease.
Miller fights to create panic out of nothing, employing a bland leading man and a repetitive sense of violence to snap this snoozer awake.
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