Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

Click poster to enlarge
More posters to select

Sean Bean
Danny Dyer
Bob Hoskins
Rupert Friend
Tom Hardy.
Nick Love.
Nick Love.
Running Time
105 minutes

American Ultra
3 Star Empire Rating
Transporter Refuelled, The
3 Star Empire Rating
Rubble Kings
3 Star Empire Rating
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
4 Star Empire Rating
4 Star Empire Rating

Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Salt Of The Earth, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Song Of The Sea
5 Star Empire Rating
Look Of Silence, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mad Max: Fury Road
5 Star Empire Rating

A series of scenarios for when people take the law into their own hands.

submit to reddit

Five stories interweave to examine what happens when victims of crime take the law into their own hands.


Nick Love, director of the Football Factory and The Business, has always had a love of geezers, but they’ve previously had a few redeeming features to counter their thuggishness. In this appallingly simple-minded film, however, Love portrays violent vigilantism as heroism, as a group of men who feel let down by the authorities take the law into their own hands.
 It’s a volatile set-up with interesting questions to answer, but quickly descends into a sickening sludge of childish politics, brutality and creative swearing. To have such a bold statement hit home Love needed to ensure all the details were impeccable, but frequent clunkers in the script and a fanciful take on the realities of the media make a pathetic, boorish rant.

The kind of film the tabloids will call to ban. Don't take that as a reason to see it.

Reviewed by Olly Richards

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Outlaw
Empire Star Rating

There might be a good story in there...

Sometimes when watching a truly horrible film (such as this one) you can almost see what the film makers wanted to achieve, but failed to. The main problem is of course the script, with inconsequent character development (no I can't do violence, wait, I can, then again no, but still maybe I can, no I can't. Oh, darn it, I'll just murder 5 policemen for the heck of it.) Then there is the seriously weird plot decisions. Why did the young bloke chicken out at the wedding? Why would it be a goo... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Elvine at 05:40, 15 October 2010 | Report This Post

Nick the pricks best (not saying much)

I find it hard to believe that empire gives football factory 4 stars and this 1. While not a huge fan of either this is far superior yet didnt carry the hype of FF, No one can watch this film and not acknowledge that theyve had similar thoughts at the way Britains going. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by paulandnic14 at 00:08, 29 January 2010 | Report This Post

Empire pull the finger out!!

Ok so not a great film but i have seen worse films in your mag get better ratings. It seems(almost) everyone here has the same problem with the movie and that is the shaky camera work. Although the direction was lackin i feel Danny Dyer, Sean Bean, to mention a few did the best with what they were given. Come on Empire where is the quallity Im use to from your mag? Whats happened? The Daily Mail Man write that piece? ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Rauol Duke at 02:38, 22 March 2009 | Report This Post

An average idea poorly executed.

The premise isn't terrible, yes we'd all like to see, and are entitled to some sort of effective criminal justice system in this country - but that isn't the case. The idea of a disillusioned solider coming home and finding out everything is shit is a good idea, the first scene with Sean Bean walking along pasted some youths is almost quite tense, but then the film just rushes through everything. At least Love did bother to include a couple of scenes where the 'outlaws' feel a little bit concern... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by tysmuse at 23:54, 19 March 2009 | Report This Post

Nick Love really is one mediocre director

The dialogue in this wasn't as awful as The Business, but it was still pretty crap nonetheless. This was just another one of Nick Love's geezer-moron cime flicks. He wants to be Martin Scorcese but doesn't get the irony of the criminals actions. He glorifies the actions they do just 'cos they're well 'ard'. Not to mention the fact that Danny Dyer continues his reputation as a one-trick pony. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by alsybroth at 18:27, 31 January 2008 | Report This Post

If the best thing about the film is Danny Dyer not being too bad...

Then you have a fucking awful film on your hands. Without being hyperbolic, this might be the worst film i've ever seen. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Bezerker at 21:36, 09 January 2008 | Report This Post


I couldnt disagree with the review more. Its not art house cinema, but that doesnt mean that it does not have something interesting to say about contemporary society. Regardless of motivation (watch the making of) the film is both a creation of the times and an examination of them. Watching it as a movie, its good, watching it as a "period piece" (ill probably be laughed at for this) it s exceptional. Dante ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by dantedanger at 22:56, 30 October 2007 | Report This Post

Come on Empire ,get your act together. Outlaw may not be a classic by any means .The acting was quite good and the premise was spot on,o.k maybe a bit over the top and at the end of the day an enjoyable film.So for those reasons it deserves more than one star. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by ch1ppy at 23:25, 28 July 2007 | Report This Post

Empire are so PC its unreal

Its an ok film, not great, but not rubbish, its does have its moments and come on, we all know the law only serves the wrong people in this world, come empire what planet you from????????????? ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Schroder1981 at 21:38, 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

when i heard the storyline i thought "Oh, Nick Love must've been watching Taxi Driver then". it's an AWFUL film. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Hughezy at 19:11, 17 July 2007 | Report This Post


An interesting premise completely ruined by shaky-cam bad directing and a lack of conviction in its ideas. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by pettsy at 13:15, 24 March 2007 | Report This Post

It's an OK film - watchable - just coz it doesn't have all the hollywood crap involved doesn't make it a bad film. The only thing that was really irritating was this arty farty camera work on the close ups - the constant shaking of the camera made me feel a bit queesy and didn't know if I was going to survive the film because of that alone. Sean Bean was totally brilliant! There are a lot worse films around that are raved about! ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Moonlustie at 07:13, 22 March 2007 | Report This Post

god knows why I was convinced to go and see this film

Horrendous film. To be honest I liked hte general idea of a too PC britain but everything (especially the direction) was awful ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by orn-free-tada at 23:30, 18 March 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Outlaw

SPOILER   Bad, mainly to be enjoyed by the kind of folk the film seems to be against. These films seem to exist to keep Danny 'Fuckin' Dyer in long trousers. And for the nice middle class director to think hes a double hard cockney kill job. Chav scum should get there comeuppance, yes, but we shouldnt have to watch a film as bad as this becuase of it.    After they hammer the point they're not killers (even of a nonce!) they have a long drawn out shout out with the l... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by angrytapes at 19:19, 15 March 2007 | Report This Post


it was ok, werent that bad, not special either, should've concentrated more on the theme. the ending was a cop out. no way near as good as the football factory. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Movie Dude at 12:34, 15 March 2007 | Report This Post

An ill-thought out film where raw, electric violence sits uneasily with moral posturing. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by moviemaniac2 at 19:45, 14 March 2007 | Report This Post

... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by moviemaniac2 at 19:45, 14 March 2007 | Report This Post

i think nick love is a bit of a one hit wonder, the first half hour of this was quite interesting then it just went shite ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by iconzero at 16:45, 14 March 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Outlaw

I went to see this last night and thought it was a really good film. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but at the end of the day only the people who have bothered to see the film are entitled to comment on whether the films any good or not. I think the rating given by Empire was really harsh to be honest. I've seen worse films that have been given a higher rating. Maybe the subject matter is bit too controversial for some people or then again maybe they just think it was shit ... More

Posted by MRS GRISWOLD at 09:46, 14 March 2007 | Report This Post

---and the point was?

Having just watched this film I am still in shock. Not only was there obscene violence, but there were parts that were just so badly put together that they actually made me (and several others) laugh. The plot was thin, characters badly drawn, and no one could decide what direction to take the film in. It wasn't a gore film, but there was more than enough gore, it wasn't a thriller, though there was a lot of futile chasing, and it wasn't really about revenge. The only truly worrying or shocking... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by EdvardsMadonna at 23:56, 13 March 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Outlaw

Bad 1/5. This is a real missed opportunity and could have been one of the better action films in recent years. Instead it crawls along at a pace which makes 1 hour 40 minuets feel more like 3 hours. It seems more concerned with the emotional guilt of the gang’s violent reaction than ever really getting down to any violence. Don’t get me wrong if this were the point of the film then it may have been an interesting take on a familiar set up but unfortunately any of the guilt or emotion dwelt on e... More

Posted by Brodie_Bruce at 20:50, 13 March 2007 | Report This Post

By no means a fantastic film but to rate it only 1 out of 5 is shambolic. I went with my friends who were all expecting a pile of pap after reading the empire review (but we have Cineworld unlimited cards so we wouldn't of wasted any money) and we were pleasantly surprised. It's probably Nick Love's weakest film to date but give it a rating lower than 'Americam Dreamz' and a lot of the other shite that gets 2 or 3 stars is just ridiculous. I'm off to do some hoodie bashing now............. not r... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Cheeze at 23:54, 12 March 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Outlaw

You know what really annoyed me about this film? It didn't take the premise and run with it. If you are going to do a film about this subject make it over the top. I was sitting the whole time wondering where the gratatious violence and hoodie beatings were going to start.   I went going in wanting to see somthing like "Death Wish 2" which is on no way a good film, but is a lot of fun on a Saturday night. Outlaw seems afraid to play with the concept. Sean Bean and his 'gang' don't att... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 21:42, 12 March 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Outlaw

great!   sounds like a flick you can just kick back to!   I think it looks alright anyway! ... More

Posted by fuzbucket mutant at 17:36, 12 March 2007 | Report This Post


I can't believe that peopl actually liked this film.  I want two hours of my life back after watching this drivel.  The plot was ridiculously thin, the violence was not 'relevant' but totally gratuitous.  A load of guff, frankly. ... More

Posted by Lazy wolf eyes at 15:18, 12 March 2007 | Report This Post

More user comments

Empire Meets The Stars Of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
On the Sundance smash, bedroom posters and Nick Offerman

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)