Outrage (Japan, 2010)

Directed by: Takeshi Kitano. Hey, isn’t that the guy from Battle Royale? I guess he directs, too. I was browsing through Netflix, looking to satiate my hunger for Japanese samurai gore after 13 Assassins, and this popped up. My familiarity with yakuza movies is even worse than with samurai flicks, so I thought I’d give it a go. After all’s said and done, though, it’s kind of a “meh” movie. Maybe from like a philosophical view or something, I’d have to admit that it’s unusual and pretty interesting how this movie doesn’t actually really have a protagonist. It’s possibly the most detached movie I’ve ever seen—you’re just watching the characters move around. This kind of thing has been on my mind a lot after a critique I read about P.T. Anderson’ s characters in his recent work. Unlike that article’s author, I wouldn’t argue that sympathizing with a single character is an indisputable prerequesite for any movie to work, I can’t help but notice that most movies do have at least some characters that you’re slightly more interested in than others. In Outrage, for myself at least, you’re kind of just watching this underworld—this ensemble cast of bad guys—backstabbing and nice-talking and mutilating and shooting each other, with no real emotional attachment to any single one of them. You feel sorry for all of them, and you despise all of them. BUT I wouldn’t call any of that a major detractor or a weakness. It’s true that I didn’t flip over the movie…..The cyclical nature of the shifting hierarchy and the lack of any real change or solution is pretty fresh to me still. This movie isn’t for the faint of stomach, but it’s a pretty good way to spend 2 hours.


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