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After being declared “Outlaw” by the occupying English Empire, Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine) raises an army of Scottish fighters in rebellion. Twists and turns all across the Scottish countryside lead this film on an epic, “true to historical events”, journey that captures heroism at its core!

Also Known As: Legítimo Rei, Izgubljeni kralj, Король вне закона, Legítimo rey, Król wyjety spod prawa, Επικηρυγμένος Βασιλιάς, Outlaw King - Il re fuorilegge, Outlaw King, Törvényen kívüli király, El rey proscrito, Outlaw King: Le roi hors-la-loi

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  • anonymous
    Anonymous

    Historical accurate except prince Edwards golden shoulders

  • joyce-perez
    joyce perez

    I enjoyed this historical film and its scenic shots and cinematography.The directing had some camera and editing issues. The writing/screenplay by the 5 writers had even bigger issues. Scenes were either dragged out or too short that confuses the viewer what was/just happened.Luckily the Synopsis answered MANY of my questions that were clearly omitted/vague in the film.Nevertheless I enjoyed learning something new and interesting about England and Scotland’s history8/10 from me

  • michael-beard
    michael beard

    Robert the Bruce’s fourteenth-century rebellion against England is cinematically recounted in this Netflix feature that tries to cram as much history as possible in 121 minutes. Directed by David Mackenzie, Outlaw King (2018) brings to life all the intrigue and violence of late medieval feudalism. Though the film comes across as authentic and makes a genuine effort to get the history right, it lacks some essential ingredients to break into the top tier.As the film opens, the defeated Scottish lords are vowing fealty to King Edward I of England (Stephen Dillane), including Robert Bruce (Chris Pine), Lord John III Comyn (Callan Mulvey), and Aymer de Valence (Sam Spruell). Robert has history with King Edward I’s son, Edward, Prince of Wales (Billy Howle), a weaker man who just wants his father’s approval. As a parting gift, King Edward I sends his goddaughter, Elizabeth de Burgh (Florence Pugh), to become Robert’s wife.Things get complicated when Robert’s father dies, and Robert is left competing with Lord Comyn for the Scottish throne. When Robert learns King Edward I executed William Wallace, he senses an opportunity to renew the rebellion. Lord Comyn wants to remain loyal to England, so Robert brutally murders him in a church and then gathers an army. Unfortunately, Aymer de Valence has also remained loyal to England, ambushes Robert’s army in a forest, and destroys it.Robert and a few companions are forced to flee. He sends his wife and daughter into hiding, where Edward, Prince of Wales captures them and brutally murders Robert’s brother. Robert decides to fight a guerilla war, culminating in the Battle of Loudoun Hill, where Robert uses the boggy terrain and clever tactics to his advantage. He defeats the English army and humiliates the Prince of Wales, who is revealed to be a miserable coward. Robert and Elizabeth are reunited and live happily ever after.Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) was king of Scotland from 1306 to 1329. In the 1290s, King Edward I of England took advantage of a power vacuum in Scotland to claim the throne. Sir William Wallace led a rebellion until his defeat and eventual capture in 1305. Edward I had Wallace hanged, drawn, and quartered. Robert the Bruce (Earl of Carrick) and John Comyn (Lord of Badenoch) were appointed joint Guardians of Scotland after Wallace’s death, but Robert murdered Comyn and claimed the Scottish throne for himself. He led a second rebellion against England, this one ultimately successful.Despite a few flaws, critics have raved about this film’s historical accuracy, at least in comparison to its predecessors. The weapons, clothes and uniforms, traditions, and events depicted are as authentic as can be expected, from “raising the dragon” to being married under a sheet, to Elizabeth being hung in a cage and Robert the Bruce murdering his rival in a church (although a companion actually finished him off).But as a successor to Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995), the epic retelling of William Wallace’s rebellion, Outlaw King falls flat. Braveheart was notoriously inaccurate, but it was a great movie with great characters we wanted to succeed. In contrast, Outlaw King is mostly accurate but I couldn’t care less about the characters. Robert the Bruce is dull and unconvincing. The filmmakers attempted to give his wife, Elizabeth, some agency but she mostly just hangs around like a set piece.Contrast William Wallace’s speech before the Battle of Stirling Bridge in Braveheart with Robert’s final speech in Outlaw King. Wallace’s motivation is clear. He wants freedom for the Scottish people (and revenge against England). You want to jump up, grab an anachronistic claymore sword and fight with him. In Outlaw King, Robert literally says, “I don’t care what you fight for, as long as you fight.” Um, ok? Wallace had a cause that was larger than himself. Robert the Bruce just wanted to be king because… he deserves it, I guess?Outlaw King premiered on Netflix to generally positive reviews. It currently has a critic rating of 61 percent and audience favorability rating of 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were thrilled by the gritty realism and battles, but the film lacked that certain quality that makes for great drama. We want to feel something as well as be awed by spectacle.

  • abigail-angela-zayas-rojas
    abigail angela zayas rojas

    The good news Netflix continues to impress with their movies, this is an excellent example. The setting centers around 13 th century England and their reign over the British Isles. The time that William Wallace and Robert Bruce challenged the throne for their independence . Historically it is quite accurate. As a production it excels in cinematography, acting and the cheography of its battle scenes which are spectacular and visceral . If you have a good sound system with a decent sized 4K screen you’ll be impressed with this brilliant production

  • cherie-wells
    cherie wells

    The movie was promising but the pace was to fast. No character build up. yeah most died didnt feel bad about characters dying even if they were the good guys. The thing i couldnt look passed was how clean The costumes were, so clean……..

  • menfeat-sama-yorulmaz
    menfeat sama yorulmaz

    This was a very well made film about an intensely interesting bit of history during and after the life of William Wallace. Particularly recommended for those interested in Scottish / English or general European history

  • enzo-ribeiro
    enzo ribeiro

    I loved this movie… it’s beautiful in so many ways….. from it’s cinematography to perhaps its best quality which is its attention to detail the small moments that really impact you and give you characters you want to succeed! It takes liberties.. yes… it’s villains are a bit one dimensional… yes… but I don’t think that takes away from what this movie tries to do which is to give a snapshot of these people’s lives in a visceral and very real feeling world.Great film certainly worth your time!

  • amiran-rogava
    amiran rogava

    OK, I accept that a certain editorial leeway has to be given in order to dramatise history, but eventually there is a point where you have to title it ‘Work of fiction’. This film is sufficiently removed from actual history that even ‘Based on historical events’ is bordering on flattery.I know, I know. Nobody is meant to care and it is all just entertainment. But this film dresses itself up as some kind of historic truth. If polititians or companies rewrote history for commercial gain and presented it as truth, we’d rightly be up in arms. God knows the real story and events are exciting enough without having to lard them up with hackneyed characatuers and cliches.The Bruce was a great man and a flawed man in a complex age of power politics. His allegiances vis a vis Scotland and England were fluid at best. The murder of Comyn was just that, murder. Edward II, though a useless King in other ways had to be dragged from the battlefield – there was no mano a mano showdown. I could go on.Enjoy the yarn, but appreciate this is a ‘Disney’ film about boy with sword meets girl with modern sensibilities, whilst charming minority group with pleasing ethnic music overcomes neighbours who are all shallow, sadistic stereotypes. It’s the medieval equivalent of a 1940’s war film with monocled German baddies.And the film? Nice scenery, bit of blokey bonding, splatter battle scenes. Not one you’d watch twice.

  • sesto-montanari
    sesto montanari

    I watch a lot of mediaval viking type stuff, and to be fair the film looked pretty good, the action scenes were done well and seemed relatively realistic.Chris Pine as a Scotsman though? I don’t think so, his accent was awful and I struggled to hear what he was saying half the time.Arron Taylor Johnson was a little better, though we seemed to only really see him screaming his head off as he violently killed English soldiers. (Surprised to see him in this)The prince/ king wasn’t bad either, it didn’t help that the script wasn’t particularly well thought out – the relationship between Robert The Bruce and his wife I couldn’t help laugh at, it was so forced! They have a really long almost slightly distasteful sex scene as well, I actually said that out loud at the time.All in all, nothing special, 5.5

  • nicole-lima
    nicole lima

    I was enjoying this film right up till the final battle scene. It wasn’t great but was ok. What made me give this a 5 was the final scene in the battle. A one on one with Robert the Bruce and Edward II which was just ludicrous. The idea that that would meet could be forgiven but that the Scots would let him walk away after 8 years of war and destruction and not trade him just would not have happened. Rubbish!

  • troy-morris
    troy morris

    This whole movie is like a instant noodle.. it all happened too quickly. There is no emotion in the whole story. But all credit goes to the acting and cinamography.

  • robert-bryan
    robert bryan

    Good direction, decent acting, beautiful cinematography but just not clearest story to convert into a movie. I’m sorry, understand that Robert The Bruce is a Scottish hero, but this movie has little heart. It doesn’t have anywhere near the same emotional content that a movie like Braveheart does, which is always going to be the comparison (due to the chronology and the frequent mentions of William Wallace). All through the film you get the impression that Robert the Bruce is not fighting for worthy causes such as revenge, his country or even freedom, he’s out for his own interests, just trying to grab power for his own purposes. He wants to be a king and now he has his opportunity to seize the crown. Which means it’s difficult to get behind the character and be emotionally involved in the story. Overall, a decent effort from Netflix, but they could perhaps have chosen a clearer story for their historical epic. Even the last battle scene feels a little rushed and just kind of tails off with a weird and slightly uncomfortable one on one sword fight at the end. Perhaps a character like Boudicca, Alfred the Great or Owain Glendower would provide a clearer historical protagonist and a more emotional story arc.

  • jaime-martinez
    jaime martinez

    This story has all the makings of a great movie. However, this movie was an injustice to said story. The writing was not very good. The pace was atrocious. And the story was crammed into 2 hours when it should’ve been comprised of multiple episodes. It felt rushed like it was racing to see how soon it could get to the end…which wasn’t really an ending and left much of the story of Robert the Bruce left untold. It seemingly jumped rapidly from one scene to the next, sacrificing any connection a viewer could have with the characters. Watching, I didn’t really care if Robert succeeded or not. The movie didn’t connect me to him. I didn’t care about the relationship with his daughter. I didn’t care about the relationship he had with his wife. They were distant acquaintances one moment. She said something Talia Shire-ish (Win, Rocky. Win.) and then they have sex a few scenes later and are separated until the end of the movie. There was nothing in the movie that showed she was an integral part of his life really. So, no character development. No connectivity with the characters. Rushed pacing. Shallow story telling. There was some good cinematography and some of the battle scene was ok. This was just a huge disappointment overall.

  • cabir-akgunduz
    cabir akgunduz

    Right from the start there was something about the writing and directing that made this feel fake. Unfortunately that coloured my viewing of the rest of the film. Chris Pine does a good job as Robert the Bruce despite (for no obvious reason) being made to look much older than he would have been at the time of the events in the film.As a side note one of the goofs listed talks about the Act of Union 1707 but claims this was in the reign of Henry VIII: union took place long after death of Henry VIII – in fact after a whole different dynasty was in power and Queen Anne was on the throne.As many reviewers have said it probably should have been a mini-series rather than a film and then some of the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more so that you actually care about them.The final battle scene is one of the best parts of the film, though let down by the camera work. It conjures up the blood and mud of a full on medieval battle.

  • krumins-eva
    krumins eva

    Awesome movie with great acting, doesn’t need to be compared to Braveheart. Would have been successful in theatres. Great job Netflix ,keep it coming .

  • christopher-bolton
    christopher bolton

    Caught in no man’s land between a mini-series and a feature film, it didn’t deliver on its promise.Not enough exploration of the characters involved, nor the historical context of the time. Also lacked the punch, direction and driven narrative required for a two hour feature.A lot of inane, bumbling, awkward scripted scenes in the first 20 minutes rendering this a real disappointment.

  • solveig-petersen-lauridsen
    solveig petersen lauridsen

    Although this is well filmed, well acted, the Storyline was ultimately inaccurate due to cramming too much into one film. The historical inaccuracy could have been avoided. The storyline could have been developed so it fully made sense. Bit of a shame really.

  • casiana-florea
    casiana florea

    As a Scot I can say that I found this film superb, great acting, scenery as expected stunning and the filmography amazing. Even the accent of Chris Pine was spot on and the storyline fantastic. The negative Joe’s will do their usual and look for the faults as they do in every film rather than having watched someone they like but still feel the need to pick a fault, so ignore these as the film is brilliant in every way (and no I don’t work on it, or was an extra)

  • ashlee-miller
    ashlee miller

    Saw this at TIFF and it was definitely a fun and interesting movie. As a history buff the costumes and overall historical accuracy was great. However the scenes moved incredibly quickly, and the writing didn’t have a lot of heart. Bruce is all the good guy and the king and prince of wales pure evil. The characters are so much more complex in real life and adding that to the script could have made it fall a little less flat. Again it was fun, but not exactly an Oscar film.

  • reginald-martinez
    reginald martinez

    This was a great movie. It had a few issues (pacing a bit rough in places), but it was otherwise very well doneChris Pine is a fabulous actor and was believable the entire way through. I was curious to find out how he would handle this role, and he didn’t let me down. The support cast was also superb, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more development of key characters, and a little more in-depth development of this snapshot of history, but by paying close attention, the viewer can learn a lot that’s not blatantly obvious. The camera work was excellent, fight scenes well-done and realistic, music score perfect.I have to admit that I’m hard to please as a viewer, but this movie scored high with me. I highly recommend it!

  • chris-king
    chris king

    This was a real enjoyable movie! A lot better than I expected seeing some of the previous reviews, just shows you should watch & see yourself! The filming locations were beautiful & the actors were believable, good job all around! I have to say Netflix did really good on this occasion!

  • toni-scott
    toni scott

    The older generation of Scottish nobles tired of war and surrendered to the English King Edward, but the younger generation only surrendered reluctantly. After his father’s death, Robert the Bruce (with a reasonable claim to the Scottish throne) led a rebellion, with multiple victories and losses, in battles small and big.There are too many minor Scottish leaders who joined the cause, only to be slaughtered in the battles. (I can’t call them cannon fodder – cannons had yet to be invented.)The film is spectacular on the big screen, especially the large-battle scenes. I saw it in a 2000-seat theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival. I’m not sure it will translate well to TV, unless you have something like a 70-inch beast.

  • jacqueline-michel-de-la-gaudin
    jacqueline michel de la gaudin

    This film has so much potential, the scenery is stunning and the acting was strong (Pugh, in particular was excellent). The problem with this film is that it felt far too rushed. The scene with the queen’s declaration of love after barely establishing a relationship between the characters on screen showcasing this problem.I’d love to see the full directors cut. It seems Director David McKenzie has been caught out by perhaps trying to appeal to the masses by cutting around 30 mins from the original screening in Toronto, following heavy criticism from the film critics. Critics often get it wrong, without proper screen testing it seems like a knee jerk reaction has been taken, which is a shame.Hopefully he releases a directors cut, the full, as intended Toronto screening, or a longer version of what has been released on Netflix, I would like to see if that solves the pacing issues, and if so, this could easily move up a couple of points on the rating.

  • bianca-franco
    bianca franco

    I saw this movie at the Toronto Film Festival and was not expecting great things. Full disclosure, I thought Braveheart was idiotic and was expecting another Hollywood movie full of anachronisms, bad history and over the top performances. To my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it gore and all and it deserves to be seen on a big screen to do its epic scope justice. The Scottish countryside is spectacular as are the battle scenes. The film takes some liberties with history, changing the timeline a little or merging characters and events, but generally the changes work to heighten the dramatic conflicts. Outlaw King tries bravely to lay out the complexities of the Scottish war of independence and the shifting alliances but some of the characters will get lost in the mix for those unfamiliar with the actual story. Aaron Taylor Johnson stands out as James Douglas, and Stephen Dillane is at his Stannis Baratheon best as Edward I. Florence Pugh made her relatively small role as Robert’s wife stand out with the intensity of her performance. The soundtrack is haunting and music is used to excellent effect. In one scene where the Bruce has has suffered a devastating personal loss Chris Pine says nothing but begins to sing a traditional Scottish lament and the other men join in, which expresses far more emotion than any dialogue could, especially as he sings so well that he would be welcome at any ceilidh. Is it perfect? No. Is it worth watching? Definitely yes, preferably on a big screen.

  • maria-figueroa
    maria figueroa

    This was a legitimately moving and entertaining movie. The acting is absolutely fantastic, the cinematography is impeccable and the practical effects are undeniably realistic.

  • pedro-baptista
    pedro baptista

    Outlaw King is one of the most visually breathtaking films of 2018, the cinematography, the set pieces, costume designs, are absolutely perfect. The story, based of a true event, is very engaging, and the film does a great job at making you route for Robert Bruce. However, the film feels like it should have been longer, which makes me believe that it should have been a mini series instead. The period in which this film takes place, was a major event in Scottish history, and they crammed it all within a 2 hour movie. Some of it works, and some of it doesn’t.The actors are all fantastic, Chris Pine was great as the Bruce, although I would have preferred Gerard Butler in the role, Pine gave a very convincing performance. Most of the other characters are very bland, and you don’t get much time to spend with them, as they just stand in the background and do some cool stuff. Aaron Taylor Johnson however was the highlight of the film, and I wish we got to see more of him. He was insanely entertaining here, as a savage lunatic eager to avenge his family.Some reviews I have read have pointed out that the English are portrayed in a very negative manner, which is true. They are made to be evil in this film, burning castles, and slaughtering innocent people, but this film is as historically accurate as possible, and these events most likely took place. But like I said before, everything is crammed together quickly, if they had made a mini series they could have showed more of the story.The action scenes are brilliant in the Outlaw King, and you can tell that most of it was inspired by Braveheart, from the gore, to the realism. However I feel the movie put style over story and characters. I would watch it just for its visuals alone.The Outlaw King will disappoint fans wanting a new Braveheart, but history buffs, or hardcore movie goers will love this film for what it is, a good piece of entertaining visuals and action.7.7/10