Outside the Law- May 12th

Outside the Law (2010)
French- Drama
Not Rated
Runtime 137 min.
dir. Rachid Bouchareb

Thank the maker, a good French film!  This one is a somewhat fictionalized version of the events surrounding and leading up to Algeria’s independence from France.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A great narrative, but sometimes gets a little lost in itself.  The length actually wasn’t too much of an issue this time.  If you do watch it, make sure to do some reading up.  Keep in mind that this is not historical record.  It does make for great watching, though.

Acting: 1.5/2

The leads are all really good, but the ensemble leaves something to be desired.  I’m not positive exactly what it is, something is just off.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Gritty and realistic sets shot in an epic style.  A lot of attention paid to period stylings, as far as my knowledge goes.

Sound/FX: 2/2

Even though they are certainly not the star of the film, the gun effects are very good and as visceral as they need to be to drive the action to a point.  The soundtrack was also pretty good, and did its part to accent the emotion.

Misc: 1/2

Good, but not great.  Something is missing from this movie to make it truly fantastic, but I’m not sure what.  Maybe future viewings will help.


Good for fans of French films, or historical fiction buffs.  Let me know what you think if you do end up watching it.


About svolkmer

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