It wouldn't be January if we didn't get an action movie that's advertised as "From the Studio That Brought You..." but I'm a little surprised it's Netflix that's doing it. But with the pandemic raging, streaming services are still picking up the slack for the lack of movies (and safety) in theaters.
Outside the Wire stars Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Endgame) and Damson Idris (FX's Snowfall) as soldiers in a war-torn country, each distrustful of those higher up the chain of command. The only difference? Mackie's character Leo is an android, while Harp is flesh-and-blood. It's 2036 and their mission is to stop a warlord (Pilou Asbaek, Game of Thrones) who's gotten his hands on nuclear weapons.
The film comes from Mikael Hafstrom, whose American films range from forgettable (Derailed, The Rite) to pretty fun (1408, Escape Plan). Writer Rob Yescombe makes the leap from video games to film, with a rewrite by Rowan Athale, mostly known for European action movies that go straight-to-video in the U.S. While that doesn't inspire much confidence, the film still looks like a solid action movie, one Netflix is getting better at churning out.
Outside the Wire premieres exclusively on Netflix on January 15.