The Outsider Review - A Hard Charging, Attention Grabbing, Murder Mystery

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

"The Outsider," from RLJ Entertainment and Zero Gravity Management Productions, presents a contemporary corporate espionage mystery thriller, with unexpected plot twists and surprising hairpin turns, heightened suspense, ending with a confrontation on the information superhighway. 

Directed by Brian A. Miller, "The Outsider," stars James Caan, Jason Patric and Craig Fairbrass, Shannon Elizabeth, Johnny Messner and Melissa Ordway and written by Fairbrass and Miller.

"The Outsider" opens with a senseless murder of another blonde unknown in the city of angels. The detectives, who arrive on the scene, Klein played by Jason Patric and Kennedy, played by Tim Fields, easily piece the puzzle together of the final moments of Jane Doe, seal the box and before the sun fully rises over the hills has a neatly tied pre-fab package with just a few, not really enough to lose sleep over, loose strings.

As the family is notified, the girl's father, Lex Walker, a trained ex-British military expert working private contractor security, is notified that his daughter is the LA city morgue.

Walker arrives in LA and heads to the morgue to sign his daughter out and head home. As he is identifying the body he realizes this blonde, isn't his daughter, Samantha, and she is now presumed missing.

Determined to find her, he begins to deconstruct her last days, leaving an obvious trail of broken and bruised bouncers as he traces her last days.

The Outsider brings together a well respected and lauded cast who deliver authenticity to the roles.

James Cann, headlines "The Outsider." What can you say? Watching him, as the aging corrupt CEO Karl Schuuster, with anything he wants available, it is hard not to compare him to his other more iconic characters and the truth is he is as captivating on the screen in "The Outsider" as he was in other roles.

He, of course, has aged and with that plays the aging, not fly off the handle hot tempered, bad guy more sedately and still as fierce. His natural bad boy instincts have served him well. He is cool and plays cool, and bad, very well.

Jason Patric,  another underrated talent appears as Detective Klein, he is smart, making sure everyone, even those in Coldwater Canyon, play by the rules. It's a tough job.

Patric, has an initial run in with Walker, and determines quickly this open and shut murder investigation is more open than shut. As Walker traces his daughter's last known whereabouts dead bodies, appear.

Craig Fairbrass, a tough SOB, brings to life the character of Lex Walker, looking for his daughter, in a take no prisoners, not even you, search through the corporate and nightlife world of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Stepping on American toes is clearly not his concern, as he tramples on almost everyone he meets in his efforts to find his missing and presumed dead, daughter, Samantha.

I enjoyed the film. The story and plot are well developed and realistic.  With a former British military mercenary contractor one would expect to see within his character a 'shoot first ask questions later' which is exactly how "The Outsider" is played. The fight scenes were convincing and the use of technology throughout the story and plot were believable.

The back story, a phishing scam, was nicely built and becomes the catalyst in this modern big  money stakes, cat and mouse, game.    It is sometimes difficult to grasp the cost of identity theft and the millions of dollars up for grabs through a sophisticated multi-layered fraud scheme. "The Outsider" flushes that story out well.

"The Outsider" is filmed entirely in Los Angeles and the cinematography while not breathtaking does captures the beauty of Southern California and nice early morning shots of the canyons and Hollywood Hills.

"The Outsider" is a modern espionage thriller, suspenseful murder mystery adventure. Be prepared at 94 minutes "The Outsider" captures your attention and take you for a ride.

 "The Outsider" is playing nationwide. Check your local listings.

Haute Tease

  • Bodies of Suspects in Highway Murders Likely Found

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Two bodies suspected of being the Canadian teenagers believed to have murdered three people along a deserted stretch of highway in Manitoba, Canada, have been discovered on a riverbank near in the vicinity of the last known sighting.

  • Billy Blake: Images From The Ashes The Story of Triumph over Tragedy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Billy Blake, 71, in a flash, a moment, woke up to a raging fire rising up over the Malibu hillside and marching down the canyons engulfing his home, thirty years of work and almost everything, including his wherewithal, his hope, all lost.

  • Wine News: Introducing, From The Loire Valley, Volage, A Delicious Luxe Sparkling Rosé

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Entering the market just as the sparkling wine category is seeing significant and rising demand, VOLAGE is a new sparkling rosé poised for rapid growth, is the first wine released by French American Brands, Inc.

  • Prince William, Kate and Business Mogul Renzo Rossi Partner with, The U.K.’s Leading Charitable Foundation, To Raise Funds, Awareness

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With a little less than 72 hours available to bid on Prince William and Kate's Range Rover, has introduced their newest campaign with Business Mogul Renzo Rossi raising funds for earthquake ravaged Italy.

  • Beltway Insider: London Bridge Attacks; Toxic Trump Dumps Paris Accord; CA Gov Brown; CEO’s Bail; Bloomberg

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump took to twitter minutes after the Saturday evening London Bridge Terror Attack to show his concern and express support pledging, to the once inseparable ally, the full support of the United States.

  • ARES Opens the Doors on Flagship London Showroom

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    ARES, the Italian automotive atelier, marked the start of another exciting chapter in its success story as they, in collaboration with distribution partners the STREIT Group, opened its first ever boutique showroom in the heart of London’s Mayfair.

  • Caesars Entertainment Expands Global Reach Into Gateway Cities Around the World

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Caesars Entertainment Corporation continues to create unique branding and licensing opportunities with four of its iconic brands - Caesars Palace, Flamingo, The Cromwell and The LINQ allowing Caesars and strategic partners to expand into global gateway cities.  

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Offers ACA Concessions; World Remembers JFK; Typhoon Death Toll Revised; Iran Maintains Nuclear Direction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama was pressured again, even by his own party, to answer for the major malfunction of the Affordable Care Act Marketplace and his failure to honor his commitment and promise to the American people.  

  • KYOCERA Ceramic Coated Cookware Review – Elevate Your Cooking Experience

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kyocera, of Kyoto Japan, a well know and established name in high end cookware and cutlery tools, recently provided the opportunity to test the ceramic coated cookware so sure of its excellence ability to create only the finest.

  • JOY Review - Inspiring, Hopeful, A Triumph

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    JOY, from 20th Century FOX, presents the true story of Joy Mangano, a divorced single mother and brilliant inventor trapped by circumstance creates, markets and sells the Miracle Mop while enduring tremendous personal, emotional and financial setbacks.

  • Seven Secrets for a Sexy Décolletage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A skin care specialist once said, 'the décolletage is the woman's best real estate.' Whether this is true or sexist certain facts remain, a sexy, smooth, décolletage gets noticed and should be part of every woman daily beauty regiment.

  • The Five Best Luxury Super Cars From The 2016 Geneva Motor Show

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Geneva Motor Show is easily one of the biggest car shows in the automotive collection presentation cycle, and every year we see all the major car companies unveil some of the most impressive vehicles available.

  • Queen Breaks Long Standing Fiancée Tradition Invites Meghan Markle To Join Family

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Newly engaged Prince Harry and his American actress fiancée, Meghan Markle, spent the Christmas Holidays attending the traditional Christmas Service at The Queen's Sandringham estate along with other members of the royal family.

  • How To Cook Everything Book Review – Comprehensive, Easy-to-Follow, The Gourmands Bible

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    How To Cook Everything, twentieth anniversary edition, from culinary expert Mark Bittman, presents a completely revised edition, upgrading, modernizing and offers to his legion of fans the opportunity to follow along as he embarks on this fantastical food journey.

  • Wonderstruck Review – Magical, Enchanting, Drama Highlights The Road of Life

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Wonderstruck, from Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions, presents a unique story of fates and time intersecting as a boy in search of his father is led almost magically through the maze of dangers to revelation.