Movie Review: The Outpost

August 16, 2020

Details from IMDB:

The Outpost (2020)

| | ActionDramaHistory | 3 July 2020 (USA)
 
6.7/10
8,477
 
A small team of U.S. soldiers battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Director:

 Rod Lurie

Writers:

 Paul Tamasy (screenplay by), Eric Johnson (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Initial thoughts:
 
It’s weird times we live in. Normally there would be some great (or at the very least exciting/entertaining) new movies for me to review in the summer but the pandemic has changed all that. Instead, I find myself going to movies I’ve already seen and then using the code to watch movies on the Cineplex app at home. Such was the case here as I had never heard of this movie, my wife picked it out and I do like military movies, so we watched it.
 
Main Points:
 
This film is based on true events and I’ll say right away I have nothing but respect for the military. They do a very important job protecting our rights and freedoms, what this movie is about how sadly they get thrown in situations where they never should have been in the first place. Such is the case here as we see a base at the bottom of a valley in Afghanistan (obviously a terrible placement for it).
 
There is plenty of good action in the film I think the problem is that a movie like this needs really good characters (and actors) and this movie just doesn’t have that. Orlando Bloom is perhaps the only one but it’s just don’t enough to carry the movie well.
 
Final Thoughts:
 
Please don’t let your kids watch this, plenty of violence, blood, and coarse language, ages 17+. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this movie and I will give it 7 out 10 (barely). It has a good ending and I like all the information given at the end, about the real soldiers. The military's take on situations and stress levels that a regular person could never handle, I know I couldn’t. So I would give it a mild recommendation if you’re looking for something to pass away 2 hours this isn’t a bad way to do it.