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Encyclopedia > Outlaw (2007 film)
Outlaw

UK promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Nick Love
Produced by Guy Pearson
Crystal Ambrose
Jeff Kingsland
Ben Morris
Paul Morris
Lynn Fensome
Written by Nick Love
Starring Sean Bean
Danny Dyer
Lennie James
Rupert Friend
Sean Harris
Bob Hoskins
Music by David Julyan
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editing by Stuart Gazzard
Distributed by Vertigo Films
Release date(s) March 9, 2007
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £2,500,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Outlaw is a 2007 film by director Nick Love and Vertigo Films, and starring Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Bob Hoskins, Lennie James, Rupert Friend and Sean Harris. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Nick Love (born December 24, 1969) is a British film director and writer. ... Paul Morris, widely regarded as the most notorious man in gay porn, owns and operates Treasure Island Media, a San Francisco, California-based gay pornography studio that specializes in bareback and fetish pornography. ... Nick Love (born December 24, 1969) is a British film director and writer. ... Sean Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English film and stage actor. ... Danny Dyer (born 24 July 1977) is an English actor. ... Lennie James is a British actor. ... Rupert Friend is an English actor. ... Sean Harris is a British actor. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... David Julyan is a musician who composed the score to the film Memento. ... Vertigo Films is a British film production and film distribution company. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and three film franchises from that year, which again appear this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, and Oceans Thirteen, and in... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies Inflation 2. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and three film franchises from that year, which again appear this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, and Oceans Thirteen, and in... Nick Love (born December 24, 1969) is a British film director and writer. ... Vertigo Films is a British film production and film distribution company. ... Sean Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English film and stage actor. ... Danny Dyer (born 24 July 1977) is an English actor. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Lennie James is a British actor. ... Rupert Friend is an English actor. ... Sean Harris is a British actor. ...

Contents

Tagline

There will be no excuses. The guilty will be punished. No one is above OUTLAW


Plot

The film starts with typical office nice-guy Gene Dekker (Danny Dyer) dreaming about a gang of yobs beating him to a pulp (purely because he defended himself against their rude comments) on the day of his wedding to fiance Kelly (Sally Bretton). The next day an army plane lands and stepping out is Danny Bryant (Sean Bean) who has just returned from the war in Iraq due to depression and "Gulf War Syndrome". After discovering his wife has (it is unclear whether she has divorced him or cheated on him) left him, he takes shelter in a hotel under the security watch of Simon Hillier (Sean Harris).


News reports discuss the release of three consecutive yobs who beat a university student, Sandy Mardell virtually to the edge of death leaving him scarred for life. The three criminals were released from prison before Sandy can even recover in hospital. Gene is in his office closing a successful deal only to be confronted by an office bully. As Gene and Kelly are driving back home, Gene recalls the dream he had previously in the film and noticing those who beat him up in a car opposite him and feeling a bad case of deja vu, he quickly drives away from the scene only to crash into another car. The driver and passenger leap out and instantly beat Gene down to the ground.


Meanwhile a trial is taking place that is the talk of the UK, as black barrister Cedric Munroe (Lennie James) is under escort to the courthouse by unappreciated ex-police officer now driver and CCTV collector Walter Lewis (Bob Hoskins) to bring down drug dealer Terry Manning. As Cedric is relieving himself in the toilets of the courthouse alone, he is approached by Ian Furlong, an agent of Manning. Furlong threatens Cedric's pregnant wife and unborn child, Cedric shakes off the threat only to later discover that the threat was not a bluff and his wife has been stabbed in the stomach, killing Munroe's unborn child.


Bryant is discovered by Hellier carrying an armoury of weapons into his hotel room. Hellier gradually becomes a friend of Bryant and the two discuss how bad society has got. Bryant learns of the Munroe incident through the fact that Munroe represented Hellier in a case years ago. Hellier travels to Munroe's resident where he notifies Munroe that "he knows somebody that can help him". Meanwhile a bruised Gene is contacted by his old school friend who surprisingly enough is Hellier, Gene explains that he needs to learn how to protect himself.


Bryant visits his old officer, Captain Mardell (father of Sandy Mardell). Bryant explains that he is disgusted with how England has turned itself around since he left, and at that moment Bryant meets Sandy. Bryant explains to Sandy that he is having a "get together". Later on that week Gene, Hellier, Bryant, Sandy and Munroe begin their Outlaw gang. They hit a bar to relax after a days worth of exercise and when Munroe recieves racial abuse, Bryant demands they fight outside. Sadly the outlaws fail but it gives them a reality check on how they should act in these typed of environments. It is later revealed that Lewis had placed a listening device on Munroe and was impressed by what Bryant said to them. Lewis joins forces with Bryant by feeding him information regarding drug dealers and "scumbags". Their first targets are those who viciously attacked Sandy. After capturing them, Sandy is reluctant to beat them down, but a psychotic Hellier however finds it rather entertaining to beat them with a baseball bat. Their second targets are a group of drug dealers who work for Manning. After the Outlaws beat the dealers down they become targets to the public and police as the media questions whether they are heroes or villains.


A new target rises where laundered drug money is transferred during broad daylight. Armed with guns this time, the outlaws attack the money van but mistakenly split the bags full of cash rather than stealing them. The money is scattered on the street, to which the media presents as the outlaws opened up the bags of money to the general public, making the operation appear to be more of a success than they thought, however now that they are seen armed, they are officially on the wanted list. Lewis hands the team over information regarding the man that threatened Munroe; Furlong. After kidnapping Furlong, the team put him on trial execution style. Before they can kick the barrell that holds Furlong up, Hellier stabs Furlong in the groin with a blade (a reference to earlier when Lewis informed the team that Furlong had sex with and possibly raped a minor). Bryant kicks the barrell to which Furlong hangs dying. Munroe insists that this is not the way and Bryant reluctantly lets Furlong go. Hellier confronts Bryant, to which Bryant replies "I'm the boss, not you".


Unaware that letting Furlong go was a mistake, Lewis is gunned down by Furlong and Bryant is framed for the killing. Before Bryant can figure this out Hellier confronts him one more time, attempting to patronize his leader. Bryant throws Hellier away and when Hellier makes a reference to Bryant's wife, Bryant beats Hellier down, gags him, hangs him on a tree and fires a shot through his kneecap (It is unclear what happens to him after this). When Bryant discovers he has been framed for Lewis' death, he orders the team to leave and never contact one another. As they all go back to their day-to-day lives, Manning is released from custody becuase of lack of prosecution. Bryant confronts Furlong in a pub regarding Manning's location, to which Bryant shoots Furlong through the head. Gene recieves word from colleague Frank that he learned from a friend of a friend that Manning is hiding in the countryside, it is also the point when Gene stands up to office bully and beats him down in the car park of the office building. Gene walks out of his wedding to contact Munroe when he realises that he cannot let Manning get away. Gene and Munroe contact Sandy, who after meeting up with Bryant, decides that they will not survive the attack on Manning's home. Bryant, Munroe and Gene infiltrate Manning's home when they quickly discover that it is a trap with armed police waiting outside. The three outlaws fight the police where they are chased into the woods for one final showdown. Gene is shot down first, Bryant is gunned down as well, in addition to a wound he recieved earlier in the fracas. Munroe willingly surrenders only to be murdered by the now confirmed corrupt police officers. When it appears that all the vigilantes are dead, Gene is revealed to still be alive and was playing possum. Gene successfully escapes, pursued by gunshots.


The final scene shows Frank who is obviously working with Manning, being handed an envelope of cash. As the drug lord drives away, he is confronted by a smiling Gene who is holding a gun. Manning tries to scold Gene by sneering "you haven't got the bollocks, son" to which Gene continues to smile and the film ends with Gene pulling the trigger.


A special deleted scene shows the team approached by a group of youths who believe in their cause. Going to their party, the signs of conflict in the team appear when Hellier gets jealous of Sandy and another girl flirting with one another. When Hellier makes gestures about Sandy's appearence, a violent struggle breaks out and Hellier flips out a knife at Sandy. Gene steps in to break up the fight and when the outlaws are notified that the police are on their way, the team are forced to escape the rave party through a riot, to which they discover Hellier waiting by the car.


Cast

Sean Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English film and stage actor. ... Danny Dyer (born 24 July 1977) is an English actor. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Lennie James is a British actor. ... Sean Harris is a British actor. ... Rupert Friend is an English actor. ...

Trivia

A lot of the funding for this film came from fans of Nick Love who paid between £10 and £100 for various perks such as inside information on the movie, merchandise and, for those who paid £100, a chance at being an extra in the film. Nick Love (born December 24, 1969) is a British film director and writer. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... In drama, an extra is a performer in a film, television show, or stage production who has no role or purpose other than to appear in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene). ...


From imdb.com: Nick Love is basing the screenplay on newspaper stories and anecdotes he's been told from people all over the country. The narrative will be fictional, but many of the incidents portrayed will be based on fact.


Reception

The film has opened to mainly mixed reviews, The Daily Mirror slammed the film calling it 'simplistic' and 'muddled' and gave it 2 out of 5 and 1 out of 5 in their Friday and Sunday issues respectively. Some media outlets have praised the film however, such as The Independent, News of the World and The Guardian, The News of the World described the film as 'bold' and gave it 4 stars out of 5. The film has been criticised by many however for its excessive violence, but this is in common with most of Nick Love's films such as The Business and The Football Factory. The Business is a 2005 British crime/gangster film written and directed by Nick Love, who performed the same duties on The Football Factory. ... The Football Factory is a 2004 English film, directed by Nick Love and starring Danny Dyer and Frank Harper. ...


Outlaw entered the UK box office at Number 5 in its first week, but then dropped before closing at many cinemas. The DVD was released on July 9, 2007. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


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