You’ll remember Mel Gibson riding a horse around the Scottish countryside, throwing spears at the English, and going on about freedom… Well, think of Outlaw King as something of a sequel.
Premiering on Netflix Australia on November 9, Outlaw King tells the story of Robert the Bruce (you’ll remember that name for sure) who transforms from ‘defeated nobleman’ to ‘outlaw hero’ during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England.
As the story starts, it’s the year 1304. The English have seized power in Scotland. The Scottish lords have surrendered to them (although there are references to William Wallace still holding out).
Despite the grave consequences, Robert the Bruce seizes the crown of Scotland, and rallies an impassioned group of men to fight back against the mighty army of the tyrannical King and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales.
Filmed in Scotland (well, you’d hope so, right?), Outlaw King reunites director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) with star Chris Pine, alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Billy Howle.
Braveheart certainly wasn’t short on violence, but Outlaw King takes it to the next level in places. The movie falls under the genres of ‘adventure’ and ‘drama’ on Netflix, but don’t go thinking it’s suitable for anyone under the age of 18.
If you’ve ever wondered what being hanged, drawn and quartered really entailed, you’ll find out.
The Scots aren’t just baring their backsides against the English as they did in Braveheart either. The violence goes both ways and isn’t for the fainthearted.
Braveheart was credited with boosting tourism to Scotland. Outlaw King may well do the same. Between battles, it includes spectacular aerial shots of lochs and mountain sides. But the rolling green and brown hills are usually accompanied by dozens of galloping horses, with spears at the ready.
Pine’s performance has been lauded, and the movie overall has received positive reviews. Here’s the trailer: