Rent The Outfit (2022)

3.6 of 5 from 446 ratings
1h 40min
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Synopsis:
The Outfit is a gripping and masterful thriller in which an expert tailor (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Chiedu Agborh, , Michal Forejtek, , , John Gumley-Mason, Stephen Knox, Lauris Karklins, Steve Chatfield, William Keetch,
Directors:
Producers:
Ben Browning, Amy Jackson, Scoop Wasserstein
Writers:
Johnathan McClain, Graham Moore
Studio:
Dazzler
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2022
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2022
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Atmos, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.00:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/08/2022
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Atmos, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.00:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (13) of The Outfit

Stagey but watchable - The Outfit review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
13/08/2022

Film is a visual medium, so a stagey talkie set on a restricted set (in this case two rooms) is asking for trouble. It can be done (eg Twelve Angry Men) and director Graham Moore does his best to shift camera positions, but The Outfit remains an actorly talkie. At its centre, Mark Rylance gives his usual underpowered performance, but for once it fits a lo-key chamber piece about rival gangsters discussing off-screen action. The intricate plot holds interest, but if you’re expecting the thriller the blurb promises you’ll be disappointed. While never engrossing, it remains watchable if not re-watchable.

10 out of 10 members found this review helpful.

An elegant, intelligent and tense thriller whose plot develops in unexpected ways - The Outfit review by Philip in Paradiso

Spoiler Alert
17/10/2022

In 1956 Chicago, Leonard Burling (a remarkable Mark Rylance) is an English tailor (he insists on being called a 'cutter') who runs a bespoke tailor shop in a neighbourhood of the city that is under the control of a local Irish Mob boss, Roy Boyle. Roy's son is also his second-in-command, Richie, and is assisted by Francis, a henchman. The gang uses the tailor shop as a drop point where, all day, brown envelopes containing dirty money and instructions as well as secret communications are left in a locked box by gang members. L Burling turns a blind eye, as he finds himself under the gang's protection and its members, who enjoy wearing well-cut suits, are among his best customers.

Without going into details that would spoil the story for readers of this review, it can only be said that, shortly after the start of the movie, a string of events take place, which mean that matters soon become very complicated and this cosy setup collapses, dragging the tailor into the gang's concerns beyond anything he wanted. In the process, we learn more about him and his enigmatic past.

The film is very well put together. It is an intense psychological thriller, almost structured in the manner of a play, in fact. At the centre of it is Mark Rylance as Leonard Burling, the quiet and meticulous tailor, whose exceptionally good performance carries the film through. There may be some rather implausible twists and turns in the story but, overall, the movie works very well. What is noticeable, apart from the elegant and intelligent way that it is made, is the fact the plot never quite goes in the direction you expected: there are surprises at every turn.

A very good film, in my opinion.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Brilliant - The Outfit review by GV

Spoiler Alert
02/11/2022

I loved this film.  The acting was tremendous, and I can’t understand why Simon Russell Beale didn’t get a higher billing.  How amazing to create such a gripping drama set in one shop over one night!  It is intelligent and exciting.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Outfit review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Mark Rylance gives perhaps one of his finest performances in The Outfit. It’s a post-noir type picture that is perfectly palpating with psychological drama that gives the aged actor plenty to work with. Watching him take command of this tale of tailoring and crime was so entrancing that it makes for a surprisingly tense and intriguing thriller.

Rylance plays Leonard Burling, an English cutter working in 1950s Chicago. He speaks with great detail about how knowledge of clothing and how he approaches each suit. As he talks, the footage cuts to scenes of his business being used as a communications hub for an Irish gang called The Outfit, run by the elder mob boss Roy Boyle. They drop off letters in a special box and maintain a firm grip on the neighborhood. However, as the film continues, it becomes clear that Leonard’s penchant for clothing also extends to matters of handling gangsters.

Leonard’s dealings with the mob seem to go smoothly until the cocky chief enforcer, Francis, starts swinging his weight around. Thankfully, Boyle's son and second-in-command, Ritchie, is there to smooth things out and ease tensions. Leonard also finds comfort in the receptionist Mable, despite being Ritchie’s girlfriend. They get along well enough as Leonard is presented as a sweet old man who just wants to make clothing and keep his head down.

He won’t be able to remain neutral for long when a dirty deal results in Leonard’s shop becoming a hotbed for mistrust. Ritchie and Francis burst in after hours with Ritchie having a bullet in his gut. With the gangsters on the run from the cops, Francis forces Leonard to keep his mouth shut and stitch up Ritchie. While being forced to perform surgery at gunpoint, Leonard soon learns that there’s been a double-cross within The Outfit. A rat is among them and Francis becomes all the more paranoid about who to trust. It’s not an ideal situation for a business owner of clothing. Of course, Leonard is no ordinary cutter, as the film soon reveals.

The film is loaded with noir-style tension and twists, bubbling up with the threat of violence that leads to one heck of a conclusion. The performances all around are exceptional, from Simon Russell Beale as the aged mob boss to Zoey Deutch as a femme fatale. And, wow, the film gets exciting when Nikki Amuka-Bird shows up in the third act with a lot of grit. Of course, the real star of the show is Rylance and he admirably performs a rather meaty role. He’s able to convey desperation in his mannerisms as well as some humor with his story about trying to escape the trend of blue jeans.

The Outfit ranks as a gripping bit of bottle noir considering how it stages the entire encounter within the cutter’s shop. The dialogue is fast and exciting with plenty of unexpected twists to keep the audience guessing throughout. All of this amounts to a simple yet gripping thriller with a retro noir vibe. It’s worth watching for the performances alone.

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