A part of me wants to say “Outside The Wire” can hold the mantle for being the least boring out of the January collection but that’s a bald faced lie because one: Pieces Of A Woman exists and two; even if that was the case, that is saying virtually nothing. What more can I add that others haven’t already dissected from this? It’s a standard, bogged down, dime and dozen version of Training Day meets the Terminator that somehow fails at being as fun as those two.
Despite the fact that the film can’t exactly cut being both an action packed thriller and a cutting social commentary, the commentary it packs clearly has something of merit to it as it discusses a lot about the modern American war machine and its impact on other parts of the world. If you’re paying close enough attention to whatever subtle details there are, you can catch what the gist of the films entire anti-war message is but even then, the film fails on delivering said message and making it matter due to the fact that it constantly contradicts itself every few minutes. Spoil me with solid acting, serviceable special effects, vast variety in the set design and a recognizable name and property all you want: having to actually finish the story all the way through felt more like work and less like actual fun. There’s cliched dialogue galore, it’s cliched in its message, cliched in its structure, everything you’ve seen from the 80’s and onwards, is almost present here.
I don’t know what exactly this film was but this wasn’t anywhere near as bold or clever or important as it paints itself as. Feels more like honest ignorance vs ironic ignorance in the grand scheme of things.