‘Outside the Wire’ Review: Anthony Mackie Is an Android Soldier in Netflix’s Silly Future ‘Training Day’

‘Outside the Wire’ Review: Anthony Mackie Is an Android Soldier in Netflix’s Silly Future ‘Training Day’
Have you ever watched “Training Day” and wondered how cool it would be if, 15 minutes into the movie, Denzel Washington took off his shirt to reveal that he was actually a semi-translucent android super-soldier with the strength of a Terminator and the emotional range of a B-team Avenger? Of course you have — you’re only human. But screenwriters Rowan Athale and Rob Yescombe took it upon themselves to actually make that dream a reality, and the result of their efforts is

It’s rare to see something that dares to perform an entire Cirque du Soleil routine on the narrow tightrope between smart and silly; rare enough that it’s tempting to forgive “Outside the Wire” for how frantically it struggles to retain its balance. The film’s paradoxical obsession with preserving the humanity of warfare is compelling enough to keep things moving even when everything around it feels bland and gray,
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