Swedish director Mikael Hafström knows the art, but mostly the wooden story makes it difficult to participate in the explosion-proof film “Beyond the Wire”.
2036 Fierce fighting is taking place in Eastern Europe. U.S. troops are trying to maintain peace with the help of robot soldiers who look as if they have escaped from Robocop. The pilot of the Harp drone, who violated orders given during the battle, is sent to the front to help Officer Leo bring the vaccine to the resistance movement and try to find Viktor Koval, a man who wants to find Russian nuclear weapons codes. Rumor has it that Koval intends to send them to the United States.
Harp discovers that Leo is also a robot, but very complex. In addition, he gradually discovers that Leo has his own agenda.
He knows the skill, obviously feels at home in the American film industry, and that means that even a rather sad story like this can be seen without getting bored.
Mikael Hafström made an international breakthrough with Oscar-nominated “Evil”. Since then, he has worked both at home in Sweden (“Conductor”, “Fast”) and abroad (“Off the Rails”, “Escape Plan”, “Bloody Line”). He knows the skill, obviously feels at home in the American film industry, and that means that even a rather sad story like this can be seen without getting bored. It is quickly told, and scenes of violent action, which are often violent, are brutal and present.
But it is impossible to get involved in the story itself. Harp and Leo make their way through the war-torn landscape, they talk a little and fight and shoot more and more – even though it’s mostly Leo’s work, Harp initially looks at the majority and objects. The only one who feels attractive is Leo, and that’s because Anthony Mackie (known as the Falcon in the Marvel movies) is such a good actor. He feels alive (even though he’s a robot here), unlike the sad and reloaded Damson Idris, who plays the harp.
Pilu Asbeck looks past in the background, and Michael Kelly, whom we remember from The House of Cards, plays the ungrateful role of a high-ranking officer who is mostly allowed to stand and watch big screens and give orders.
“Outside the wire” is what is commonly referred to as the utility action. It works for those who are happy with something that slaps and goes fast, but nothing if you want a little more meat on the bones. Huffstrom knows the job, but it would be more fun if he could do more work like the brilliant TV series Bloody Line.