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Marvel star Anthony Mackie's Netflix film Outside the Wire gets first reviews

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 14/01/2021 23:17:07 Chris Edwards
Anthony Mackie holding a glass of wine: Marvel star Anthony Mackie's new Netflix film Outside the Wire has received mixed to negative reviews ahead of its debut on the streaming service. © NetflixMarvel star Anthony Mackie's new Netflix film Outside the Wire has received mixed to negative reviews ahead of its debut on the streaming service.

Marvel star Anthony Mackie's new Netflix film Outside the Wire has received mixed to negative reviews ahead of its debut on the streaming service.

Set in the year 2036, the sci-fi thriller follows a drone pilot named Thomas Harp (Damson Idris), who is sent into a war zone and paired up with robotic soldier Captain Leo (Mackie) to stop a nuclear attack.

Anthony Mackie standing next to a woman: Damson Idris, Anthony Mackie, Outside the Wire © NetflixDamson Idris, Anthony Mackie, Outside the Wire

The film currently has a rotten score of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, with many early reviews (including our own) criticising its nonsensical plot.

Check out some of the reviews below.

Digital Spy

"Where the Outside the Wire is let down most is by its story. In an attempt to fit the backstory of the civil war, the ethics of drone warfare, the ethics of AI, racism and the individual reckonings with all of these, the plot becomes convoluted and confused."

The Guardian

"Giving Outside the Wire credit for gently broaching weightier subjects than the average Netflix action film is the faintest of praises, but with two magnetic performances (and strong work from the Cannes best actress winner Emily Beecham), it makes for an acceptable kick-off to what is poised to be the streamer's biggest year yet. Let's just hope it gets better than this."

Ousmane Dembélé holding a gun: Damson Idris, Anthony Mackie, Outside the Wire © NetflixDamson Idris, Anthony Mackie, Outside the Wire

Den of Geek

"The story and characters are so generic in their execution that nothing really sticks. Even the title - while probably a product of audience research - doesn't reflect what the actual story is about. The whole movie instead reflects the process by which it was most likely made, and feels as pre-programmed and faceless as the robots that clump around in it."

Variety

"This is another signature of Netflix originals, which settle for 'good enough'-grade post-production work even on the company's biggest projects (the bad CGI on last year's Extraction and Da 5 Bloods come to mind). And why not? These movies weren't meant to be seen on the big screen so that's probably the right call, even if the results look hokey."

The Hollywood Reporter

"From the start, the exposition-heavy dialogue has left some ideas more convincing than others, and late-developing themes of a chain-of-command paradox aren't awfully well developed."

Anthony Mackie standing in front of a crowd of people walking down the street: Anthony Mackie, Outside the Wire © NetflixAnthony Mackie, Outside the Wire

AV Club

"Mackie's performance, for better and worse, is anything but robotic. He plays more or less the same charismatic wiseacre he usually does, interpreting Leo as a machine that's every bit as uniquely expressive as is any human being. That injects some welcome levity into what's generally a flat, dour adventure."

TV Guide

"When the big ending comes, everyone's motivation will be revealed, but that doesn't exactly mean this is a movie that makes sense. I'm also not sure how you can blow up missiles armed with nuclear weapons without, you know, setting off those nuclear weapons. Maybe they'll figure that out by 2038."

Outside the Wire is available on Netflix from January 15.

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