Outside the wire, strong leads and sparse moments of enthralling action are featured beyond the Wire. But it is saddled with an unsuccessful gimmick and underserved by undercooked script.
About the movie
The film, set in the near future, inserts the audience into an Eastern Bloc civil war in which the U.S. uses robot soldiers (called “Gumps”). To police a battle-ravaged No Man’s Land as a ragged referee. This is the premise, and the early reveal, of course, that Captain Leo of Anthony Mackie is a classified next-gen cyborg. Which makes Outside the Wire a sci-fi film. But the more you watch the film and marvel at the money Netflix is throwing at a largely disposable offering to make it a “sci-fi” movie. The more you know it didn’t have to be a sci-fi movie at all. The messages could easily have been transmitted to humans today.
Then, if you go down the rabbit hole a little more, you could find that the moral dilemmas of this movie aren’t exactly new. Maybe this movie didn’t need to be made at all. And that maybe the sci-fi skin of Outside the Wire. Although was just a shiny pretext to retell a moral tale of “war is bad” that has already been discussed countless times. “twist,”twist. It feels like a project that is only three-fourths realized, much like, unfortunately, most Netflix movies. But, to be honest, with from the studio that brought you Extraction and The Old Guard, the ads for this film run.
Damson Idris’s Lt. Thomas Harp, a drone pilot who is sent to the front as retaliation for going against direct orders. Initiating a strike that kills two marines. Steps in as the second in this bizarre “buddy cop” dynamic (but saves over two dozen others). It is here, with Harp, that in terms of his “greater good” decision. The movie seems unable to determine where to land. Harp is painted as a cold solider that begins to see the pain caused by his drone strikes once immersed in the hell of real combat (the dichotomy is that Mackie’s android is more emotional and human than Harp). In addition the film also makes a point of saying that Harp was right to do what he did several times.
Outside the wire
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Mikael Håfström
Writers: Rowan Athale, Rob Yescombe
Stars: Anthony Mackie, Emily Beecham, Pilou Asbæk