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OUTSIDE THE WIRE (2021): The Things I Liked…

Outside The Wire (2021), Damson Idris, Netflix
Outside The Wire (2021), Damson Idris, Netflix

The best things about Outside the Wire, an action/sci-fi movie about a drone pilot and android officer’s mission to a deadly militarised zone are the two lead performances. Young Damson Idris (Harp) is a talent indeed, and Anthony Mackie is convincing as android officer Captain Leo.

The action sequences were generally well choreographed. Still, that’s not to say that there aren’t moments when I’d have preferred different camera angles so I could enjoy better views of Captain Leo’s physical movements during the fight sequences.

As fun as the action/combat scenes are, including scenes that featured the robot army, most of the fun action doesn’t happen until we’re well into the second half of the movie.

Even though overall, Outside the Wire isn’t as well-written or exciting as hoped, I enjoyed the dynamic between young Harp and Captain Leo. I wanted to see Harp’s growth, especially following his rookie mistake at the start of the movie. I needed to know if he’d get out alive and how he’d do it.

For me, its a shame that the movie’s focus wasn’t purely about Harp’s journey. Firstly, because Idris is very watchable, but also because the turn that Captain Leo’s story took around the one hour, twenty-minute mark proved the most disappointing. Mainly because it’s so very cliché; while not being written cleverly enough to make the lack of originality less of an issue.

Even with all its issues, I mostly had a good time with Outside the Wire. As such, if you’re especially curious, give director Mikael Håfström’s movie a chance. It’s nowhere near Netflix’s best action/sci-fi movie; to be honest, I can’t think of any good ones right now. But, at the very least I’m glad I didn’t find it as infuriatingly disastrous as Extinction (2018).

Happy Film Loving

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OUTSIDE THE WIRE (2021): New Trailer From Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly…

Outside The Wire (2021), Anthony Mackie, Netflix
Outside The Wire (2021), Anthony Mackie, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Outside the Wire (2021).


Outside the Wire is a new action/sci-fi movie that has next to nothing to do with HBO’s hit series The Wire. Furthermore, one of the key cast members is called Idris. But, Idris is not his first name. Still with me?

Starring Anthony Mackie, Emily Beecham, Damson Idris and Michael Kelly, director Mikael Håfström’s film is about a drone pilot and android officer’s mission to locate a doomsday device in a deadly militarised zone.

I’m in for the artificial intelligence, action sequences, stunt work, and the promising Idris/Mackie dynamic.

Kristina Tonteri-Young, Enzo Cilenti, Bobby Lockwood, Henry Garrett, Velibor Topic, Elliot Edusah, Adam Fielding, Alexandra Szucs, Nick Wittman, Christine Grace Szarko and Louis Boyer also star.

Outside The Wire Release Dates: January 15th, 2021 (US), Netflix…

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LITTLE JOE (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Little Joe (2019), Emily Beecham, Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing
Little Joe (2019), Emily Beecham, Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Starring Ben Whishaw and Emily Beecham, the first thing that stood out about Little Joe, the sci-fi / drama about a genetically modified plant designed to make people happy is the film’s premise. Especially the creepy factor rooted in the idea that senior plant breeder and single mother Alice (Beecham) may have to choose between her actual teenage son and her ‘other son’ Little Joe – her happiness inducing plant. 

The second key highlight is the colours in director Jessica Hausner’s film. Particularly Alice’s blouses, the backgrounds she appears in front of in several scenes and the way both worked so well with the colour of her beautiful red hair. 

I truly wish that I had a longer list of favourite things about Little Joe but unfortunately that’s not the case here. I wanted to like the execution of the story / the challenges faced by a single working mother with a teenage son but there’s something quite simplistic and surface level about it all.

I’m certainly no scientist but some of the the dialogue in Little Joe – sometimes pertaining to the science sounded a tad amusing and not in .a good way. There’s also a scene where the yanking of an arm supposedly led to what seemed like an overly dramatic fall that I simply didn’t buy.

Last last but in no way least, the continuous beep sound effect among others that kept happening every so often, plus the questionable musical score. Let’s just say that I’m not a fan of prolonged sounds that are irritating and have directly nothing to do with what’s happening in a scene.

As for the question of whether you should watch this? Only if you really, REALLY must. The idea was promising but the story and general execution sadly didn’t deliver for me.

Happy Film Loving 

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