Outlander 2009

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During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan (Caviezel), a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.

Starring:
Sophia Myles,Jack Huston
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

Outlander

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Howard McCain
Starring Sophia Myles, Jack Huston
Supporting actors Ron Perlman, John Hurt, John Beale, Katie Bergin, Matt Cooke, Aidan Devine, Drakaina, Cliff Saunders, Patrick Stevenson, Ted Ludzik, James Caviezel
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is something of a hybrid of Predator and Beowulf, with a dash of The Man Who Fell to Earth. Jim Caviezel plays a brave and stoic humanoid alien, who crash lands his spaceship on earth, landing in the wilds of Norway, in the time of the Viking hordes. Unbeknownst to him, his ship is carrying a lethal alien, which looks like one of the Predator's attack dogs, called the Moorwen. The spaceman is caught by a clan of Vikings and imprisoned in their fort, the fort is an impressive piece of set design. The fort comes under attack by an elusive assailant, which kills several of the clan, and the Vikings disbelieve the spaceman's contention that it was the alien which caused the destruction. John Hurt plays the King of the Vikings in a perfectly judged cameo. His daughter is played by Sophie Myles, who portrays the princess as a feisty, thoughtful and passionate tomboy. Ultimately, the spaceman convinces the clan that they are being attacked by a strange other worldly life form, and the Vikings then seek to trap and kill the alien. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. In the first half, you hardly get to see the alien, and when it is on screen, the action takes place in the dark, so there is very little to see. This made me fear that the whole budget was blown on the lavish Nordic costumes and period weaponry, and the impressively built fort, rather than CGI. However, in the second half, the alien is on screen a lot, and the CGI is good, if not right up there at Avatar levels. Jim Caviezel plays the lead character as the strong silent type, and he is fine in the role, though you can imagine somebody more like a young Sean Connery would have been magnificent in the role. The film score is superb, suitably epic, and the costumes are brilliant, the animal furs very convincing.Read more ›
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful By negativtoo on 22 May 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At first glance this movie appears to be a strange mixture of "hard" sci-fi and mythological history flick, given the ancient nordic "Beowulf" saga an unexpected twist, with the hero actually being a marooned space-farer who unwittingly brought a monstrous extra-terrestial creature with him to early medieval earth. Monstrous Grendel and the dragon of beowulfic origins as alien lifeforms ? We have seen stranger explanations and plot-devices, haven't we ? And don't worry, not much wielding of laser's or futuristic tech to spoil the tone of the viking setting, mud and harsh conditions included.

What follows is well-filmed with a good sense for editing and sound mixture, lovingly outfitted , mostly superior acting by the cast including John Hurt and Ron Perlman in lesser, but memorable roles, more than just one-dimensional villains and as a nice bonus a fittingly epic soundtrack. Not to forget some dry wit by the local vikings, even if it does not dominate the movie, and an understated romance with the not-so-meek female lead, feisty Sophia Myles.

Yes, some factual liberties are being taken - such as oddly capable blacksmith shops and volcanic caves in Norway amongst the more noticable ones, not to mention the Sci-Fi elements - though mostly to facilliate the flow of the story, BUT..... show me one recent movie or even documentary that doesn't...
Even if the CGI is not quite cutting edge "Outlander" ends up being a far superior historical adventure flick than its obvious direct competitors "the 13th Warrior", the overly violent "Pathfinder" and the cheesy "Beowulf" of 2007 (or the even worse 90ies one...*shudder*)... or basically any historical/fantasy movie with a heroic theme made in the last decade except the hard-to-eclipse "LotR"-saga. IMHO, of course...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scamander Riker on 8 Sep 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Well, I don't get some of the negativity surrounding this really decent period / SciFi crossover. I've just finished watching it on BD and I really liked it, ESPECIALLY the story. I don't know what's wrong with it. Vikings vs. Aliens...I like the idea of confronting different time periods with alien creatures. There will be a lot of these movies over the next couple of years, especially Western / SciFi crossovers and I'm pretty happy about that.

That said, the movie was really decent stuff. It was what "13th Warrior" should have been. The acting was nothing special but okay. It served its purpose. The rest was utterly brilliant if you are into that kind of stuff. The period stuff was well done. The horror elements rocked and the creature SFX...simply WOW! There are plenty of messages and compelling motives as well if you are willing to read between the lines: home, honor, the shadows of genocide...
The director did a brilliant job, too. There was nothing whatsoever wrong with the cinematography. The score was perfect if you are into Zimmeresque movie scores. The entire feature felt epic. I was expecting some sort of independent B-movie flick but it really was so much more!

The only negative aspects was indeed the picture quality. In darker scenes the blackness factor was below par. The picture looked somewhat greenish during night scenes and cave scenes and that took away from the overall awe. For a BluRay of a brandnew film, this was NOT really great. That cuts 6 out of 5 back to 5 out of 5!
Apart from that: one of the best genre movies in years. Better than "The Host" and "Decent" combined IMO and they were supposed to be instant classics.

If you don't like "laughable" genre stuff like that don't buy it!
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