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To be honest I had not heard of this movie, but if it’s got Mark Rylance in it, I’m going to watch it, because he is frankly a superb actor and anything he is in is well worth a look.The Outfit
An expert cutter must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night.
The Outfit looks & feels very much like a chamber piece. It’s set in predominately two rooms and features a minimal cast where it is dialogue that is the order of the day, not bullets. It’s a slow-moving film too. Yet, that’s exactly why it has so much tension running through it because it builds up to a very big finale. Yet there are huge moments along the way that also had me shocked and surprised as to their explosive nature. I won’t give anything away as watching it with minimal information on the actual story is probably the best way to watch this film. I will say this, there were times I wasn’t sure where the film was going or how it was even going to end up. It really kept me guessing every step of the way. I’ve seen this film compared to some of Alfred Hitchcock’s work, and that isn’t far from the truth. It has a very Hitchcock vibe, which I liked a great deal.
I think Mark Rylance is a damn fine actor. He really is a chameleon when it comes to playing different characters. This is the complete opposite to his hilarious performance in The Phantom of The Open. This one is more reserved and serious. You can see his character – Leonard – taking everything in as the night unfolds and using certainly elements to his advantage. But also to the advantage of the mobsters as well. There is that constant thought of who’s side is this guy really on. He certainly keeps you guessing as to what he is really up to. I was also really impressed with Zoey Deutch as Mable, Leonard’s shop assistant. She starts as a secondary character, yet as the film moves on we see her become more involved because she loves working for Leonard and wants to protect him at all costs. But those costs come at a high price as she is dating one of the mobsters. So there is a conflict of interest going on within Mable that she has to work out during the heat of what is unfolding in the shop.
I’m always a fan of character pieces. Films that put actors in a room and make them act with only dialogue and their expressions. No hiding behind anything. The Outfit does that all the way through and it comes out the other side as a really entertaining, thought-provoking piece that will have made you guess many times what is actually happening. A small yet brilliantly formed movie.
I watched it last night and really enjoyed it, definitely up there with Predator 2 for best sequel.Prey
Set 300 years ago in the world of the Comanche Nation, skilled female warrior Naru fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
This Predator prequel just about ignores everything except the original film. It’s a film that has little touches that people might remember from the original Arnie movie, but this is a prequel after all so a lot of it is brand new and not quite as evolved as in the Arnie film or the subsequent sequels. Yet, I kind of like that about it as the Predator is finding their feet when it comes to their survival and hunting skills. There are moments in this film where the Predator starts to understand their own power and what they can do only when they need to kill. The film is quite gruesome at times. It isn’t afraid to show some of the kills. But some are done just off-camera as well. It’s a film very much designed for a more modern audience where being too adult would throw off a lot of the audience, or least I suspect that’s what they think over at Disney HQ. But the reason the original film was so successful was because it never shied away from showing the kills on-screen. I felt this one could have gone a bit stronger than it actually does.
However, I did quite enjoy the idea that Naru and her tribe are ultimate hunters. That is until they come face to face with the Predator. Then it becomes that hunter becomes the hunted. But also it reverses that when Naru goes out hunting the Predator. There are some neat little hunter/huntee touches in this film. I think the only problem is that it does drag a lot of the time. There are plenty of moments where the film doesn’t feel like it is doing anything of note. It’s more than happy to allow scenes to play out where Naru just wanders aimlessly or is tucked under a tree truck hiding. It did, at times, get a little bit boring. Which is not a good thing to say when the film is one hour and forty minutes long. Even as the film is gearing up to the big finale it still doesn’t really shift out of second gear. It really needed more energy to it all.
I think as Predator sequels/prequels go then this is one of the best (I’m still a fan of Predator 2, no matter what others say). However, it is a little bit underwhelming at times.
I loved it, nice to see the Predator in a different environment. There was a series of Predator graphic novels in the early 90's, one of which was built around Dutch's brother Shaef being hunted in the city. It came out several years before Predator 2 and I always wondered if Black Horse had been paid for their input.Good to find another Predator 2 fan
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Didn't know about those graphic novels. Might have to have a quick look at those.I loved it, nice to see the Predator in a different environment. There was a series of Predator graphic novels in the early 90's, one of which was built around Dutch's brother Shaef being hunted in the city. It came out several years before Predator 2 and I always wondered if Black Horse had been paid for their input.
I'm the opposite I find the man impossible to watch and I've seen him on stage too at The Globe... but each to their own!!To be honest I had not heard of this movie, but if it’s got Mark Rylance in it, I’m going to watch it, because he is frankly a superb actor and anything he is in is well worth a look.