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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Medieval adventure is violent, almost laughably bad.

Movie NR 2015 99 minutes
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This Is What I Think

It's a pretty decent movie, I'd say. Aside from the 2 curse words I heard (one being the f-bomb) and abundance of blood (there were 2 or 3 instances where I went wide-eyed), the acting was very good and convincing, it kept up a decent pace, it had a sort of classic "fallen hero" plot, and the characters each had satisfying plot arcs. The landscape was beautiful. The filming style was a bit erratic at times (I'm pretty forgiving with that sort of thing). Fun and numerous fight scenes (I love some good peril). It actually had something of a moral code underlying the plot. In the end, I wouldn't recommend it to friends because of the violence and 2 curse words, but other than that, it was a decent watch.

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A master storyteller might have been able to make something good out of the creaky OUTCAST, but Nick Powell, a stuntman making his directorial debut, is no master. Cage appears in less than a third of this stone-faced movie; for once, it could have used more of his loony acting. The filming is atrocious, with wobbly camera work and rat-a-tat-tat editing that often favors five separate shots when one would do fine. In one scene, a character dumps a bucket of water over his head; Powell shows it in three cuts, including one from inside the bucket.

Set in medieval times, the movie consists largely of fight scenes staged with modern-day techniques that look out of place and phony. Both Cage and Christensen perform their cringe-worthy dialogue in accents they can't quite manage and hairstyles that are distractingly odd. The movie's only attribute is that it's so bad it might benefit from a Mystery Science Theater 3000-style drubbing.

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