Critic Consensus: Outrage packs enough violent impact to satisfy - even if fans of writer-director Takeshi Kitano will find themselves familiar with many of its ingredients.
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Critic Reviews for Outrage
It's a gangster story, told well, with no punches pulled.
Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment.
It's like a version of "Cinema Paradiso" where all the murders were saved up by a censor and strung together for a bloodbath.
Audience Reviews for Outrage
Definitely a solid yakuza movie overall, but one that's just a complete and utter mess structurally. The last 20 minutes, however dark and grim, certainly pick up the slack. I think the problem is that the movie probably tries to be too complex for its own good. I liked seeing the inner workings of this criminal enterprise but do you really need as many subplots and as many characters as this movie had. It made the movie feel about an hour longer than it really was. I liked the idea of these two families sort of duking it out for control but the movie is full of more betrayals than you can shake a stick at. If there had been fewer, it might have made more impact but they still served a purpose in that you can never trust anybody when it comes to being more successful at what they do. The movie is well put together, it has solid performances and plenty of action to negate, somewhat, a lot of these faults. It, however, doesn't help the major one...how its story is structured. I also heard there was going to be a sequel. If you watch the movie, this sounds like an absurd idea considering where MOST of the characters end up at, and it's not that hard to guess considering the 'job' they do. Anyway a solid, if messy, movie.
Nobody retires of old age in this profession, the rituals of "brotherhood" are just another form of lying. Kitano visits once more the theme of yakuza as "manchilds", but it feels he's just going trough the motions of the genre. The violence feels dry, and not as effective or meaningful. Kitano's average effort is still better than most gangster flicks out there, but feel no rush to see this one.