The Outsider Film Review
Today the new film The Outsider debuted on Netflix. It was directed by Martin Zandvliet and written by Andrew Baldwin. It stars Jared Leto as Nick Lowell and Tadanobu Asano as Kyoshi. There are a slew of other well-known actors such as Rory Cochrane, Shiori Kutsana, Emile Hirsch and Kippei Shiina.
The movie centers around Jared Leto’s character Nick Lowell, a captured World War II soldier. The movie opens with Nick doing janitorial duties. A group of Yakuza members step out of the bath house and make it clear he’s not to enter. Despite the warning he enters and finds Kyoshi played by Tadanobu Asano hanging.
He’s rescued but both Nick and Kyoshi are beaten and briefly tortured. Kyoshi is brought to Nick’s cell. The two pair form an unlikely friendship.
Kyoshi finds a way out of prison by physically slashing his stomach open. Nick does his part by keeping Kyoshi alive so he can escape at the hospital.
It doesn’t go into detail how Nick gets out of prison except to see him simply walk out and get into the car with two Yakuza members.
From there the Yakuza tests Nick’s loyalty. From asking him to bash Mr. Penetti head in with a typewriter, to Kyoshi slashing the jugular vein of a gambling card dealing loan shark.
There is a clear message to Nick to leave he’s not wanted in the Shiromatsu family by Orochi. He stays despite the warnings and does his best to help out when a rival family of the Yakuza the Seizu make trouble for Shiromatsu family.
I won’t tell you how it ends other than there is a lot of blood. I’ll leave you to watch it and find out for yourself.
For those wondering what exactly a Yakuza is here’s a little back story. It was started in the 17th century from kabukimono. There is 102,560 members. Supposedly they are involved in criminal activity or illegal business ventures.
I have seen other writers give a bad review on the movie but I felt differently. It wasn’t bad but I felt certain parts needed to be played out more. It felt rushed like the director was in a hurry. There needs to be more shown at a slower pace than what was shown. It was like someone hitting you from behind without warning.