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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Outside The Law
Outside The Law
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // June 25, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted August 13, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Outside the Law or Never Say Die, as it was originally titled when it was released on cable TV last year, is the newest film from "The Queen of Marital Arts," Cynthia Rothrock (Julie).

While undercover, secret agent Julie sees her fiancée brutally slain in front of her eyes when the op goes wrong. It goes from bad to worse when the government tries to kill her to protect their secrets, and to hide, Julie goes on the lamb in Florida. There, she gets mixed up with the locals when she stops some of Michael Peyton's drunken thugs from beating on Rick. Annie, Rick's sister, owner of the restaurant, and Peyton's girlfriend, offers Julie a place to stay for a few days in exchange for the good deed. However, when Annie ends up dead, Rick suspects Peyton. Though she knows the government may find her if she stays, Julie decides to help Rick bring Peyton down.

Though Rothrock has pumped out numerous films, this is the first movie I've seen her in and, if this film is any indication of the others' quality, hopefully the last. The plot is incredibly clichéd, the writing uninspired, and most of the action scenes are dull. Despite a fairly short running time, Outside the Law seems to drag on forever. About the only things going for it are a few cool action moves and Jessica Stier (Rita), who is the hottest thing about this film.

Video:
Outside the Law is presented in 1.33:1 full frame, which may be an open matte version of the original aspect ratio, as the film's beginning credits are in widescreen. The transfer has quite a few specks, though by far the biggest fault is the incredible amount of grain in several scenes. The grain, while not constant and only minor during most of the film, makes several scenes appear very faded. Colors are mostly natural, with accurate flesh tones, and decent blacks.

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Outside the Law is presented in Dolby Digital 5.0 in English and Dolby 2.0 Surround in French. The 5.0 track performs adequately during a few of the gunfights, with several instances of front-rear surrounds, though most of the action stays in the front with the rears handling ambient effects. Optional subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean.

Extras:
Trailers for this film, The One, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Summary:
Even fans of Cynthia Rothrock might want to take a pass on this one, due to both the quality of the film and the presentation. If you are brave enough to give it a try, definitely go for a rental over a purchase.

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