>> This years’ festival and awards line up is stronger than last years’, which I thought was nearly impossible. In past years, I have found it difficult to watch some festival films due to their tendency to open with limited releases. However, the good thing about Netflix is that it’s delivering these films to our screens sooner than it takes to find a bootleg copy of the years’ most anticipated arrivals.

Outlaw King directed by David Mackenzie, recently arrived to Netflix this Friday. The film premiered at this years’ Toronto International Film Festival, and ever since Netflix has been trying to get its subscribers hype for this period piece. Starring Chris Pine, Outlaw King follows Robert the Bruce and his bravery and determination to defeat the British Army and claim Scotland as an independent territory.

This film starts off seemingly well. The opening scene is an eight-minute one take shot, requiring a lot of technical and directorial skill. It’s composed almost like a lavish play, except we as the audience are in the center of all the action. However, this great immersive experience is unfortunately discontinued after the camera cuts for the first time. The rest of the film is, for a lack of a better term, regular—the filmmaking is pretty expected and there’s nothing too eye-catching or unique enough to differentiate the film from others of its kind.

When it comes to the film’s plot, the story is a bit muddled and inconsistent. At times it works, and at others it’s a bit confusing and ragged. The runtime is far too long to hold anyone’s interest, even my eyes began to wander not even a half an hour into the film. However, it is undeniable that the brut battle scenes will entice anyone who has an interest in action films. The things that the film does right, are done well and with a level of finesse. However, this film is really nothing special. 5/10 <<