is no easy film, with no easy answers. The latest from writer/director Nick Love, previously behind The Football Factory
and The Business
, it tells the story of a Britain overrun with crime, with no one willing to stand up to it.
Until, that is, a group of people--led by Sean Beans Bryant--decide to effectively take matters into their own hands. And so, with each of this group having their own reasons for their actions, they start to exact a form of revenge on the those who have wronged them, laying the scene for an interesting vigilante crime-thriller.
Amidst a fair cavalcade of at-times quite brutal violence, Outlaw has a real feeling and message at the heart of it. But youd be hard pushed to say that the message is well handled, or that its the main reason for watching the film. Instead, the strengths are some of the performances (Bean is joined by the likes of Bob Hoskins, Lennie James and Dannie Dyer) and the increasingly confident direction from Love. At times its blistering to watch, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel.
Ultimately, though, Outlaw, in spite of its strengths, is a mixed bag, yet one with plenty to recommend it. Its a well-made, diverting film, albeit not one for the squeamish, and while its got its fair share of flaws, youre unlikely to be disappointed by it. --Jon Foster
Action starring Sean Bean. After returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, former Paratrooper Bryant (Bean) is appalled by what he sees in a country he no longer recognises. Determined to do something about it, he assembles a group of like-minded souls who resolve to restore the balance between right and wrong, good and evil, enforcing justice with a brutality to match that of the once unpunished wrongdoers.