Outside The Wire (2021)
2036. War in Eastern Europe. US troops on route. Aided by robotic soldiers. Gumps. A dystopian future with a criminal warlord rarely seen. And it starts BRUTAL. Explosions, glitchy feeds and blood. Reminds me of that movie about the war on alien insects: Starship Troopers. but not really. Not in plot as much as in production quality/style, at least.
It's impressively solid production-wise too. Not a wasted line with the dialog. Not a malplaced bit with the script. Impressive detail in regard to scenery. Impressive warmth (or coldness - when it's that time) with the atmosphere. Just overall impressive everything! Netflix know their shit.
At least that's how it starts.
Anthony Mackie (one of my favorite current actors btw)'s a great commando too, and Damson Idris a good disciple, albeit a little lost in the line of fire as cliché leads him.
His naivete may be a cliché at the beginning, but there's a different kind of cliché at the end too, and I wish more characters were involved then.
I wish Koval wasn't such a disappointment. I wish the ante just kept rising throughout the battle. Instead Leo shows weakness, we get a glimpse at an unconventional end and... I almost wish they'd followed through with it. But instead if takes the usual route. Heroism. Conventional form.
I do appreciate the greater good. I appreciate the role this movie plays as an anti-drone and robot/AI piece too. But wouldn't it have held all the more weight if they went all the way? Like they did with The Day After.
Feel kinda sorry for Leo too; the good intentions he might've had; the potential for betterment beyond the ending...
rated 4/5: fo shizzle