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Messy murder, solid watch

Crime drama The Outsider offers top-notch performances while popular Netflix fantasy drama The Witcher is let down by a convoluted story

If you do not know The Outsider is based on a Stephen King book, it at first looks like a straight crime drama.

But in classic King fashion, a narrative grounded in reality is soon entangled with the forces of evil, both of the supernatural and more prosaic, but no less terrifying, human kind.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'Messy murder, solid watch'. Subscribe