Starring: Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn, Dylan O’Brien, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Simon Russell Beale
Director: Graham Moore
The Outfit is a gloriously unpredictable thriller. The film’s single setting location never once made it feel like a filmed stage play thanks to director Graham Moore’s visual eye, as the tailor shop where the entire film takes place feels both claustrophobic and large. On top of that, the film hooked me pretty quickly, and I thought I had it all figured out. I could not have been more wrong. It constantly pulled the rug out from underneath me, which I absolutely loved. Mark Rylance giving another stunning performance definitely helped too. Overall, it’s a worthwhile experience that is gripping and fun as hell.
If you can imagine Reservoir Dogs in the style of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, then you’ve imagined The Outfit. Buoyed by an old school score and production design, it relies on a subtle tension that quietly simmers without ever causing anxiety in the viewer. However, while I wouldn’t call it predictable, the revelations never hit as hard as writers Johnathan McClain and Graham Moore (who also directed) probably want them to. It’s almost anti-climactic because they seem to think it’s cleverer than it actually is, so they backed off some. Still, Mark Rylance gives such an engaging performance that it’s easy to overlook that flaw.