Since the end of the Avengers: Endgame, all eyes are on Anthony Mackie and wondering whether or not he will step into the role of Captain America moving forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and Disney+’s upcoming series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will do just that). But first, the 42-year-old is making an appearance as a different kind of Captain. The actor stars as Captain Leo in Netflix’s latest action blockbuster Outside the Wire, now streaming.
Set in 2036 in Eastern Europe, Outside the Wire depicts Captain Leo, a human-like android, on a mission with a 19-year-old drone pilot Lieutenant Thomas Harp (Damson Idris) as they enter a war zone to stop a nuclear attack by Viktor Koval (Game of Thrones’ Pilou Asbæk). The movie gives Mackie the spotlight in an action-packed role that fans have been hoping for, while following a somewhat deep storyline that questions whether or not the ends justify the means in war.
With the addition of “gumps,” armored robots used in the futuristic combat setting, and the prevalent theme of collateral damage, the ending to Outside the Wire is almost guaranteed to spark conversation. But first, here are some questions we had as the movie’s end-credits rolled:
Why did Captain Leo “choose” Harp as his subordinate?
The film characterizes Harp as an unapologetic drone pilot with quite a few kills under his belt, believing that emotions in war lead to mistakes. After breaking chain of command and knowingly killing two marines (in order to save 38) from the comfort of his desk, he’s punished and sent on the ground to witness combat firsthand while on assignment with Captain Leo. But Harp learns that he’s ultimately being used by Leo for a much larger plan of his own. So, why Harp?
Harp has a history of gross disobedience when it comes to doing his job. He’s detached from his “human” side and will do whatever is necessary in order to have a better outcome, even if that means losing lives along the way. So, instead of being assigned to him, Leo hand-picked Harp because those characteristics are exactly why he was created by the U.S. as an android soldier. And because of Harp’s disobedience to his superiors, he could easily take blame when Leo’s real plan is carried out.
What actually happened in the end?
After Captain Leo seemingly kills Koval, who is searching for codes to nuclear missiles, we assume the mission is complete. But it turns out Leo wants the codes for himself and is trying to launch the missiles toward the United States. But why?
Leo was created to simulate a human (experiencing both pain and empathy) solely for the purpose of completing specific missions without question. But one of his technical “faults” is that he can’t pretend there’s virtue in an immoral act. This leads him on his plan to teach his creators a lesson about utilizing such advanced military weapons, like himself, in hopes of preventing its use in the future. He wants the United States to personally feel the impact of death on a large scale in order to change the way the military conducts its regular peacekeeping missions. And the lives that will be lost during his nuclear attack are just seen as collateral damage for the lives he’ll save if the program is shut down in the end.
After seeing the impact of his own drone strikes in person, Harp has multiple “aha” moments about human life and how he makes his decisions. This allows him to understand Leo’s plan and realize that removing emotion from combat settings doesn’t have the greatest outcome, as director Mikael Hafstrom slaps a life lesson and happy ending onto the final scenes of the movie.
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