Run time: 105 mins
Seven years after winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Imitation Game, writer Graham Moore follows with an original, effective thriller.
In 1950s Chicago, working-class Brit Leonard (Mark Rylance), tenderly creates suits for macho mobsters. Ingratiating and Savile Row-trained, Leonard ensures the hoodlums are dressed to kill. They keep his business afloat and use his tiny shop as a safe drop-off point for money and mysterious packages.
One of these packages tips off two young hoods – Richie (Dylan O’Brien) and Francis (Johnny Flynn) – that their organisation has a rat. Over the course of a long, snowy night, a bloody game of cat and mouse ensues with the players including Leonard, Richie and Francis. alongside Leonard’s poised secretary Mable (Zoey Deutch) and Richie’s kingpin dad, Roy (Simon Russell Beale). The action is all but totally confined to the shop’s three rooms. Who – if anyone – will make it out alive?
The Outfit occupies a sweet spot between an intimate chamber piece with a small, charismatic cast; and a lavish, Hollywood-esque production that keeps you on the edge of your seat. (Jack Whiting)