The Outsider (2018) - Crime, Drama, Thriller

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An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Stars: Jared Leto, Tadanobu Asano
Length: 120 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 31 out of 178 found boring (17.41%)

One-line Reviews (128)

But I enjoyed it.

Started off with a super quick background, the plot of the movie is straightforward and yet, quite slow to progress.

This is an enjoyable film.

Beautifully shot, and fascinating to watch mostly, but it's also kind of pointless.

The story telling style and the exhaustive usage of Japanese in the movie makes it difficult to convert 'The Outsider' into a fast paced thriller that it could have been.

Finally, an epic, dark, historically interesting thriller devoid of the usual leftist pretense, "diversity", or overarching political agenda typical of todays Hollywood propaganda.

This is an entertaining film, though it seems to take a lot without creating much on its own.

The mix of authentic Japanese who speak their own language for most of the film instead of constantly using broken, bad-sounding English and the acting of Jared Leto was simply stunning.

It is slow going, building up characters.

This is the importance of a good director, to fill in the blanks with everything else that we fill in when reading the book:Thematic cinematography/orchestration to capture a setting, directing actors to create compelling personas that we can empathize with, properly adjusting levels of suspense to pace the film so it won't become stagnant, etc, etc. The Outsider unfortunately heavily lacks most of these components.

Japanese settings were not greatly utilized and due to the monotone/bleak look of the film and framing of shots, I found myself constantly confused as to where the scene was taking place.

I can't even begin to write about it because I fell asleep a few times during the movie.

Others, who immersed themselves in this matter, may have noticed imperfections.

You're wondering if I actually enjoyed it.

The plot ends up failing to deliver on every front and just meanders around with little to nothing happening from beginning to end.

I got sooo bored for the first time I closed the film.

Incredibly empty of a movie I had very high hopes with.

We love Jerad Letto but this has got to be one of the dullest movies made in decades.

Still, for every dull moment you sometimes get an engaging one.

The entire scene was stupid and completely pointless.

At times the movie is very slow paced and lacks of great dialogues.

In contrast to the negative feedback I found the silence and character that Jared portrayed quite intriguing and I was really entertained to a level where I went straight to finding other Yakuza related movies

It just comes in very predictable bursts with nothing on the line to provoke a sense of urgency or intensity.

For the average joe.. this movie is entertaining, exciting, and exotic enough to warrant a couple of viewings.

The Outsider is possibly one of the worst movie I watched in recent times.

The movie looks great but the story is completely empty at every step.

Entertaining .

I was honestly bored through half the movie...

One of the worst movies .

For starters, I enjoyed it a lot!

It scores a solid 6/10 because despite its limitations, it's enjoyable enough and it's refreshing to get something a bit different from your usual Hollywood fare.

Entertaining and engaging .

If you want to spend 120 minutes bored, then look no further .

Firstly this movie is definitely worth watching.

If slow crime movies about the Mafia interest you, and this in a Japanese environment, then I can definitely recommend this movie to you.

Full of clichés and extremely predictable .

Everything I enjoy about Japanese culture was made to look trite instead of deeply fascinating.

Here he seems like a wooden doll the people around him push around Osaka and wait for things to happen to him, instead of engaging.

Rather than being presented as a suspenseful, thriller, or epic film, it's directed as a subtle 'matter-of-fact' biographical movie.

I'm not saying it's terrible, I enjoyed it.

I found more questions than answers throughout the movie and only met more confusion.

And because of how simplistic the story unfolded, it was extremely predictable.

2 hours of nothing happening.

Very slow movie.

Dont waste your time, big missed opportunity and disappointment

Snooze fest .

Thoroughly enjoyable .

Continuing the theme of subtlety/minimalism, you'll notice that most scenes in the movie don't have any background music/score, leaving a sort of empty void.

So I definitely have very mixed feelings about the film, but it does have a pretty classic climax too (that's pretty stunning and memorable).

The 50's Japanese period setting the lighting, the acting and the whole atmosphere is quite fascinating and engaging.

It was bland.

But, on the other I found the lack of insight into the character mysterious and compelling.

A good slow burning Yakuza film .

Intense, violent, great characters and scenes.

Through this plot, the viewer is able to witness and grasp the bleak and slow transformation of Osaka during the 1950s.

Another thing that can't be overlooked is the cinematography and music, both of which add a mundane and dark tone and texture to this film.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys slow moving thrillers and a deep and complex story that slowly gets revealed in subtle ways.

So, disjointed.

Like watching paint dry and it ends up being the wrong color.

I would highly recommend it.

slow pointless movie with predictable ending .

The exposition in the movie is so forced, you can predict every scene and it bores you forcefully.

but I enjoyed it.

nothing much really Sets looked great, shame about the lack of plot that was dragged out far too long.

The story is quite empty and vague, not much interesting about it.

The story is as empty as mr Leto's blank stare throughout the movie.

I found the film to be beautifully shot, and fascinating to watch mostly, but it's also kind of pointless.

This has to be one of my favourite movies to come out this year, it's very dark and suspenseful.

A pretty good slow paced Yakuza-movie.

Leto had very few lines, which was supposed to be a way of showing he was an outsider, but made his character kind of empty at times.

It's worth the watch.

Definitely worth watching.

He quickly becomes immersed in that violent criminal world.

For what I think could have been better, the pacing was a bit too slow at times and the story is VERY predictable once you figure out who the bad guy is.

My first thoughts were "maybe it's worth the watch".

It's weird because I really saw that the movie was mostly mediocre surface stuff, but I was hooked and enjoyed it nonetheless.

I got bored in the last act and didn't even stay to see how it ended, that is how in-invested I was.

Slow and painful .

So boring .

Basically the same role as in Blade Runner 2049, but more sleep-inducing.

Title says it all and I like all Japanese and Chinese movies, even the cheesy ones but this one right here was so dry and uneventful you would think it was written at the high school level.

It is centralized around a Japanese gang and typically movies centralized around gangs tend to have a bit of a slow burn.

Only Leto can make a movie about the yakuza look dull and boring.

But all in all a very enjoyable movie with great cinematography.

Such a gripping film that had me hooked from the opening scene.

I thouroughly enjoyed Jared Leto and his character of little words, after all the cliche of a hitman is not alot of talk.

Most of the movie felt like it was just him glaring at people trying to be intense.

This is just a slow ride to nowhere.

Aside from being a bit slow throughout, I would criticize that the end is a bit abrupt.

I enjoyed it.. possibly a tad gory...

I thoroughly enjoyed it .

This is a very bad actor who chose his career wrong in the entertaining business.

It's just slow and then like clockwork something very violent happens.

Very interesting story idea but sadly lacks the theatricality to be entertaining.

Action scenes combined with thoughtful, intense moods and atmosphere make up for the purposefully low amount of dialogue.

A predictable but enjoyable ride .

Mediocre, but somehow enjoyably intriguing .

Very entertaining and interesting movie.

It's a very enjoyable mix of two worlds.

It's a pretentious piece of crap.

Well, let me tell you not only is the movie not a case of whitewashing, it is actually quite enjoyable.

"The Outsider" is extremely slow at times, indeed.

It honestly wasn't, it was superbly boring and I was superbly disappointed in the outsider.


In addition to claims that the casting of Jared Leto was another case of Hollywood whitewashing (which it wasn't), early reviews dropping from critics claiming it was going to be the worst movie on Netflix in 2018 and such kind of tainted the movie before anyone else got to see it.

It didn't really use the setting of Japan to good effect, apart from a few cool looking scenes, and kind of skimmed the surface of Japanese culture, which to me at least, as an outsider, is utterly fascinating, and was the film's strongest selling point.

I really wanted to like this film because it's shot so beautifully and the premise was intriguing.

Quite different from the Italian mafia members, who usually want to make an impression by shouting and intense gesticulating while making their point, after which a rival gets a concrete pedestal and they dump him in some Italian river.

Now, with that said, I will admit that a majority of the movie is a bit slow.

apart from that utterly boring and forgettable.

At its simplest level this is an enjoyable film and with no more expectation than to be entertained you will be satisfied.

And the idea of the movie - a westerner finding his way into a side of Japanese society traditionally closed to foreigners - is certainly intriguing, and does lead to some very interesting moments.

I love Japanese culture and the Yakuza are truly interesting and exciting subject matter.

Worth Watching for Leto .

Otherwise it was thrilling and fun to watch.

perhaps even more predictable.

The movie has a lot of style but not a lot of plot to speak of, and the movie goes from hero worship to disgusting and tedious towards the end and generic action dumbness goes one step further and achieves what I think is the worst ambush I have ever seen in cinema.


He is such a bland character, it's hard to care about him one way or another.

The opening scene is very confusing, the character of Kiyoshi is seen to be hanged, presumably by a bunch of other prisoners.

Weirdly enough for me it feels like the slow burn helped me get more immersed into what was going on.

The Outsider (Gaijin), starring Jared Leto, is the latest addition to those Netflix Originals that was slammed by most of the critics and yet turned out to be an enjoyable watch for me.

It's a pretty weak and uninteresting story with weak and uninteresting characters that wasn't filmed all that well.

Worst movie ever!.

like watching paint dry .

The storyline is intriguing and gripping.


I loved the movie, i would love to see Part two, ignore all critics and watch it, it is not a commercial movie at all, it was entertaining and i am waiting to see part 2 hopefully.