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Outside the Wire

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Extremely violent sci-fi tale tackles war consequences.

Movie R 2021 115 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+
I disliked the lieutenant he was the most emotional person in this film and the most self righteous.
age 17+

It's a good movie, just be aware of these few things.

It's a really good military movie. There are a few things to be aware of, and I DL & cut that stuff out. • Throughout the whole movie, they drop F, S bombs and more. • At around 13-15 minutes they say G*d d***. • At 24-26 minutes in they talk about the guys girl, and say a meat in taco reference, and a lesbian reference. • At 50-55 minutes there is a naked woman on a poster on the wall in the fight scene full frontal. • At 1h:10m-1h:16m Leo says "don't grow b***s now". • At around 1:10-1:15 there is a memory of Leo saying G*d d***. • Around 1h:14m-1h:16m they say Jesus Christ on the train as he's restrained. • Around 1h:27m they say Jesus Christ. • Around 1h:40m-1h:45m they say G*d d***.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
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Outside the Wire is a fast-paced and suspenseful futuristic war film with solid acting and a clear ambition to raise provocative questions about the United States' role in the world. It's also very violent and often prioritizes action over character or story. Mackie and Idris are both compelling as two conflicted anti-heroes on an unclear mission together. The third key character of Captain Eckhart, played by House of Cards' Michael Kelly, gains prominence in the last act of the film without enough development earlier on.

Directed by a Swede and set in an imagined future civil war involving Ukraine and Russia, the film takes aim at the US military's never-ending wars, its detached drone attacks, and its parallel vision of itself as a force for peace. Having witnessed untold atrocities, namely civilian casualties coldly dubbed "collateral," the android (spoiler alert) aims to destroy humankind in order to save it from its own, well, inhumanity. The idea of a man-made android with feelings and a reactive human personality is interesting, so long as you don't dig too deep into the actual mechanics of it.

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