Saturday, February 18, 2023

American Outlaws (2023) Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival 2023

After the cops threaten to throw one of the Dougherty boys in prison for the hell of it, the three siblings decide to leave and go to Costa Rica. Unfortunately things don't go as plan and it turns into a running crime spree.

Based on a GQ story, AMERICAN OUTLAWS is a ripping crime drama. One of the best crime films I've seen recently the film manages to entertain as it roars along. There is a real weight to the proceedings and  the fact it's a true story keeps us on edge.

Going into the film I thought the film was going to be a lighthearted romp with guns. I was quickly corrected as things played out and you realize that everyone is in over their head. It's an attitude that's reflected in the dialog when two FBI guys come to the conclusion that you really can't win any more because it's all stacked against us. It's clear the Dougherty's have it all stacked against them.

What a great film. 

I love that the film is more than just a crime film. I love that we have a film that is doing more than  being a bang bang shoot 'em up. You can take it as that if you want, but you don't have to.

Finding films like this is why I love festivals.


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