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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95 of 101 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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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 30 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray
***NB: Review based on the Canadian blu-Ray which is already released***

The first thing I must say is about the Blu-Ray itself. The picture transfer is very sharp and clear even during the (many) dark scenes. Sound is also superb, although only listed as Dolby Digital it nearly blew our speakers away - as good as if not better than some DTS soundtracks. If the UK BD release manages this quality, viewers are in for a treat.

Turning to the story, essentially it is a re-telling of Beowulf vs Grendel only in this case Beowulf is the humanoid alien Kainan stranded on Earth when his spacecraft crash lands, as a result of the creature - a Moorwen, representing Grendel - that had stowed away on board. However unlike Predator, AvP etc. the action all takes place in 9th century Norway not modern day America.

The film combines elements of the Beowulf movies, 13th Warrior, Pathfinder and more contemporary monster movies. My only slight complaint is that in actual fact very little play is made of the fact that here we have a person from an advanced civilisation who, despite having retrieved some of his tech from the crashed ship, effectively goes native straight away. This is helped by a convenient "Matrix" style mind probe that implants the Norse language in about 45 seconds! Maybe his race has a none interference policy but given revelations about why they are fighting the Moorwens later in the movie, seems unlikely. While not expecting Army of Darkness, "Now listen up you primates..." style interaction more could definitely have been made of this.

After overcoming the initial suspicions of the Viking tribe Kainan is fairly readily integrated as a warrior and only just in time as first a rival tribe, then the Moorwen attack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mason 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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