Netflix Reminds Us that the $6 Billion Dollar Soldier Is Coming Soon
We have the technology. Some scientists and engineers just have to work out the kinks, and the era of enhanced human and android warriors is upon us.
People say there's a team deep inside the Pentagon working on a future timeline for soldiers, even if the research and development money is hidden in the military budget.
This is how filmmakers can speculate about what these next generation fighters will look like. The newest entry in the genre is Outside the Wire, a Netflix movie starring Anthony Mackie (Falcon in the Marvel films), Pilou Asbæk ("Game of Thrones") and Michael Kelly ("Tom Clancys Jack Ryan").
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The film will be streamed on Netflix starting January 15, 2021. Check out the trailer that was just released.
"Stronger. Faster. Smarter." One has to admire an outrageous recognition of the show that invented the genre, or at least popularized it. Viewers of a certain age won't miss the hint of "better, stronger, faster" Steve Austin, hero of the 1970s action show "The Six Million Dollar Man".
Mackie's Capt. Leo (just a name like Beyoncé or Prince) seems to be fully android rather than a human-robot hybrid. He has appointed an inexperienced young soldier named Harp (Damson Idris) as his partner. Your mission is to remove advanced weapons from outside the cable.
There's no clear idea of any plot revealed in the trailer, but let's bet Harp learns valuable survival skills from Leo and that Leo gains some empathy from his fully human partner.
Netflix is promoting Outside the Wire as the “studio that brought you Extraction” and “The Old Guard,” two of the best action pics of 2020. Of course, Netflix is that studio and the production team behind it. This film actually has no direct connection to those other two, let's hope someone at Netflix decided to claim that this one is as good as the other two and that they have the taste to know if they really are.
"Outside the Wire" was directed by Mikael Håfström, the man behind the camera for the Stallone and Schwarzenegger breakout film "Escape Plan". The screenwriter Rowan Athale worked with Rob Yescombe, who after a career writing video games such as "The Division" and "Farpoint".
We'll take the fact that the original idea was developed by a man who learned his storytelling skills in the video game world as a good sign. Movies like this one have to deliver an adrenaline rush to be effective, and the ability to trigger endorphins is definitely a skill that the best game designers have mastered.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that Outside the Wire can deliver and we all got off to a great start in 2020 in the film department.
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