The Outsider

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  • Summary: Recalled from the battlefields of Afghanistan to identify the remains of his daughter, British mercenary Lex Walker 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 that his daughter isRecalled from the battlefields of Afghanistan to identify the remains of his daughter, British mercenary Lex Walker 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 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, 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. Expand

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  3. Negative: 11 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 5, 2014
    38
    The cheesy techno-thriller The Outsider is a blaring B-movie that doesn’t have much going for it, but it does have an engaging action hero in its leading man, a snarling Cockney badass named Craig Fairbrass.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Feb 8, 2014
    33
    The film’s dismal action staging and over-complex story can’t seem to overcome Mr. Fairbrass’s lo-fi presence.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Feb 4, 2014
    30
    Baseline competence elevates The Outsider, just barely, into the realm of perfect forgetability.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Feb 6, 2014
    30
    Fairbrass has a certain rugged sincerity and appealing sense of barely coiled rage, but it's mostly wasted in a screenplay (by director Brian A. Miller) of gaping plot holes, wan excitement and dumb action cliches.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 11, 2014
    30
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Feb 7, 2014
    25
    When the big caper finally arrives, you will neither grasp nor care about what's going on.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 6, 2014
    20
    Painfully dull thriller.

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  1. Dec 6, 2015
    6
    Some Writer/Directors prefer to use the same actors in their films. You can't blame them for wanting to work with people they're comfortableSome Writer/Directors prefer to use the same actors in their films. You can't blame them for wanting to work with people they're comfortable with, but not many Writer/Directors, remake the exact same movie with a slightly different twist. Brian A. Miller came out of relative obscurity to produce the hit action thriller, The Prince, starring Bruce Willis. Less than a year later, he followed it up with The Outsider, which is basically the exact same film! The Prince featured a former mafia turncoat, going to the city he once owned, in order to find his missing daughter. The Outsider features a former member of British Special Ops, coming to America, to find his missing daughter. Both films have similar endings, mafia bosses that are played by legendary action stars, and oddly enough, both films have a cameo by 50 cent. These two films are literally so similar to one another, that aside from the British accent, and Jason Patric in the role of the cop, nothing has really changed. As a fan of action film, I realize there aren't many different directions these films can go in, but to release what amounts to the exact same film, a year later, with several of the same actors, is just bizarre. The Outsider wasn't a bad film, and I did enjoy Craig Fairbrass, he was a beast, who I was previously unfamilar with, but aside from that, this is the exact same story as seen in The Prince. Wheather you chose to sit through this one or that one, really depends on who you like better, James Caan or Bruce Willis. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2014
    6
    I liked it. It was fun watch, nothing overly special. Good story about a father trying to find his daughter who got involved in some crimeI liked it. It was fun watch, nothing overly special. Good story about a father trying to find his daughter who got involved in some crime scheme. Has decent amount of action. Acting was ok. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    4
    Well, it happened with Craig Ferguson, so why not this Craig too? It's not impossible for British actors and/or comedians of seeminglyWell, it happened with Craig Ferguson, so why not this Craig too? It's not impossible for British actors and/or comedians of seemingly arguable levels of talent to make it inexplicably big across the pond. Just ask Russell Brand.

    Craig Fairbrass writes and also, despite the billing on the DVD case, stars in this story of a man looking for his daughter after Taken has already been out for years and the producers decided it might just be a good idea to take advantage of that films' critical and financial success by trying to copy it by tapping into that paternal-revenge-lust dynamic that Neeson had going on, salaciously lapped up by the baying hounds of Daily Mail readers everywhere.

    As if to prove the point (if the point still really needs proving) that anything is possible in the golden land of opportunity, not only do we get a British 'star' of questionable note in the lead role here, but also, inexplicably, an appearance from none other than James Caan (oh, and Jason Patric too). Ladies and gentlemen, Mr James Caan. This man was in The Godfather, remember. That being the case, this must be good, right? I mean, you don't just turn up for anything after being in The Godfather, do you? Do you?

    Judging it purely on the first fifteen minutes (and why not, as most people will rightly be forgiven for turning off by then), it is safe to say that questions about the quality of the project are on the lips of everyone watching with most, if not all, of their full attention (not that this is a pre-requisite for following the plot, you understand). I mean, if you had been told your daughter has been found dead and you had to go and identify the body, would you really spend some time chewing the fat with one of your old work buddies over a glass or two of scotch, making happy quips about your future? Before you have even gone to check if the poor dead girl lying in the morgue was actually related to you? Well, our apparent hero does here. When we have established that this, in fact, is not his daughter, he automatically assumes, despite his estrangement from her for some months, that her lack of presence in her own apartment that he rifles through, can only mean that she is missing and therefore, somehow in danger. Twenty minutes in, and your plot has just realised that it's naked in front of all its friends. Perhaps it's all just a horrible dream.

    If you stick with The Outsider beyond this limp and pedestrian first act, however, the film does actually take a positive turn. Fairbrass and Miller could never be accused of sophisticated wordplay, but you have to ask if this even necessary given the demands of their target audience. There is enough fisticuffs and 'shooters' to keep those of a certain persuasion interested, but this is not Bourne or The Raid, so don't expect too much in the way of elaborate action choreography.

    In all, a low-ish budget project with an unchallenging script played out by those that are both too good and not good enough respectively to be in it. It's a valiant stab by Fairbrass to crack a market that he probably doesn't really deserve a piece of in the first place. It suffers too much from a lack of imagination in direction and cinematography and will, barely, keep you looking at it throughout. One rightly for the bargain bin at your local BP forecourt.
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