The Outfit

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The Outfit

1 hr 45 mins
Crime Drama Mystery
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
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The Outfit


A gripping psychological thriller that starts out on one note and concludes on an altogether different note.

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The Outfit Review : An intense thriller amid four walls in which Mark Rylance delivers a masterclass

Critic's Rating: 4.0/5
Story: An expert cutter from Savile Row moves to Chicago and gets involved with the mobsters of the city. To survive the bloody game, he must think out of the box.

Review: 'The Outfit' is one of those movies where all of the action takes place within the confines of a cutter's shop. Director Graham Moore has skillfully established a suspenseful atmosphere in which the audience is progressively lured into the guessing game with only a few characters. The film's overall tone is theatrical, yet it will not rob you from your enjoyment. This is a gripping psychological thriller that starts out on one note and concludes on an altogether different note.

The setting of the film is Chicago of 1956 when mobsters ruled the city. After a tragic incident Leonard leaves the lanes of Savile Row, London and moves to Chicago for greener pastures and starts his own cutting business. He is so attached to his craft that whenever he is referred to as a tailor by someone, he interjects and corrects them by mentioning that the right word is ‘cutter’. In his words, ‘I’m not a tailor, they just sew on buttons and stitch hems. I am a cutter.” Beyond his expectations, he is slowly sucked in the games of the mobsters and ultimately a day comes when it becomes a matter of life and death for him. When it’s known that a mole has been leaking information to the other party and the FBI, it starts a chain of events which is a worthy watch. It’s a film that will remind you of films like 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and '12 Angry Men' not in terms of plot but in terms of the setting and of how few powerful performances aided by a water-tight script within four walls can have a magical effect on viewers.

Director Graham Moore relies solely on his script and sharp writing and you will find many such great moments in the film. The director who had earlier won an Oscar for his writing for The Imitation Game, is in top form in this film too. It’s his debut feature and a lot can be expected from him in the future. The film has a Hitchcockian feel, and throughout its length, it almost keeps you on the edge of your seat with its several plot twists, backstabbing, and murders.

Mark Rylance has given a magnificent performance and remains the focal point of the film. It's a calculated and controlled performance that gradually unfolds as the film proceeds. His character at first will remind you of Peter Sellers' Oscar-nominated performance of Chance in Hal Ashby's ‘Being There’, but he quickly switches gears and evolves into something different. Mark Rylance is in terrific form in this film, and he delivers a masterclass performance. The multi-layered nature of Rylance's character is not immediately apparent as the film begins, but as the narrative progresses, the peels slowly and certainly start coming out. It's a fantastic performance, and he carries this thriller film on his shoulders.

Johnny Flynn, who plays Francis, a mobster's lieutenant, has been an excellent foil for him. ‘The Outfit’ demonstrates that a powerful picture can be done with few powerful actors and a limited budget. Despite the inclusion of an Oscar winner, it's a shame that this film was released on a streaming site with no hoopla. This film is unquestionably a hidden gem. Do yourself a favour and see this movie as soon as possible as this also encapsulates the essence of real cinema.

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