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, 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 cliche leads him.
His naivete may be a cliche at the beginning, but there's a different kind of cliche 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 propaganda piece. But wouldn't it have held all the more an impact if they really 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