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Outside the Wire

Science fiction is one of the most adaptable movie genres. It can be a comedy, drama, action or mystery with several combining these elements. The boom in CGI technology has seen sci-fi movies increasing in popularity. ‘Outside the Wire’ adds another wrinkle, being a mix of action and drama. More character driven than similar films, it’s engaging and relatable viewing within its futuristic trappings.

When a military operation goes awry, drone pilot Lt. Thomas Harp (Damson Idris) is sent to an army base in the Ukraine. Assigned to Captain Leo (Anthony Mackie), Harp wonders what will happen next. He quickly discovers Leo is an android super-soldier with advanced powers. On the trail of a dangerous terrorist who wants to control a network of Cold War nuclear missiles, the men have to learn to trust each other. That comes starkly into focus with truth and loyalty not as clear cut as the clock ticks towards Armageddon.

Amidst expected scenes of explosions and pulsating action, ‘Outside the Wire’ tells an interesting story. Harp is a pure military person who looks at the people he kills as numbers. His lack of empathy sees mistakes made whichhe has to face and overcome in his latest mission. Leo’s strength lies not in his android body but in his mind as he uses it to push Harp into unchartered areas.

Despite being primarily a sci-fi action flick, ‘Outside the Wire’ has a generally low-key feel to it. This masks its true intent with a few unexpected twists leading to a shocking finale. Whilst the pacing could have been tighter, ‘Outside the Wire’ manages to captivate due to the strength of its performances and well filmed action sequences.

‘Outside the Wire’ offers things to think about amongst the mayhem. It’s not quite as memorable as others of its kind, but it’s worth a watch. ‘Outside the Wire’ is another addition to a sci-fi genre that will keep looking to the future long after current viewers have left their mortal existence.

Rating out of 10: 6

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