Film, Action and adventure
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Ethically obnoxious and temperamentally hateful, ‘Outlaw’ is a pumped-up apologia for vigilantism wrapped in the bloody rags of a gangland caper. Writer-director Nick Love’s regular lead Danny Dyer (‘The Football Factory’, ‘The Business’) partially modifies his usual wide-boy shtick as Gene, a City trader whose off-the-peg perfect life (blonde fiancée, penthouse apartment) is disrupted by a body- and ego-bruising encounter with feral thugs. Needful of reassurance and vengeance, he falls in with a motley collective led by Bryant (Sean Bean), a charismatic but at least half-mad ex-serviceman who feels the country has gone to the dogs; also involved are disgruntled ex-cop Bob Hoskins, bereaved barrister Lennie James, battered student Rupert Friend and CCTV creep Sean Harris. What starts out as the London branch of Fight Club soon bends towards ‘street justice’, becoming a gang on the lam – but, it’s suggested, one with grass-roots support for their sociopathic spree. According to Love, ‘Outlaw’ had its origins in his and others’ concerns about real-life violence, but the result yokes laughably incredible genre action to tabloid scare-mongering of the most objectionable kind: a self-appointed death squad takes arms against a cartoonishly corrupt criminal justice system in cahoots with caricature mafiosi; torture and murder become problematic only when taken ‘too far’; and while women’s security is cited as a major concern, their screen presence amounts to two minutes’ window dressing. What were the capable cast thinking?


Release details

Release date:
Friday March 9 2007
105 mins

Cast and crew

Nick Love
Nick Love
Sean Bean
Bob Hoskins
Danny Dyer
Rupert Friend
Sean Harris
Lennie James

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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this is a brilliant film, just watched it for the second time. definitely in my top 5 of the last few years

this is a brilliant film, just watched it for the second time. definitely in my top 5 of the last few years

The most important film of 2007, not like Nick Love other work but the film is very well made with a great cast and moral message.

Obnoxious, did you say? Well. I do,know, and so I suppose everyone else does, that taking justice into your own hands is not the ultimate solution, BUT, there is far more obnoxious on-screen garbage out there, like for instance, the nauseating 'Alpha Dog', or the German equally disgustingTV-movie 'Wut' ('Rage' in English') that glorify criminal behaviour. At least. in 'Outlaw' , it felt good to see real scumbags having their brains blown up. Moreover, I also think that if you take a deeper look into it, 'Outlaw' is not without humour, contrarily to its criminal apologizing counterparts I just quoted, which take themselves obnoxiously too seriously.

this is the worst film i have seen since The Business and Essex Boys, must remind myself to give any film starring Danny Dyer a wide berth