Outlander 2009 CC

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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.

Sophia Myles,Jack Huston
1 hour, 50 minutes

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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
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful By negativtoo on 22 May 2009
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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 G. O'Neill on 4 April 2011
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This is superb entertainment. James Caviezel plays the lead with depth, a haunted just-watched-my-family-die look never far from his face. He is a soldier from a technologically advanced race who accidentally crash lands in iron-age Norway. There is a specific point in the film where he loses all contact with his technology and has to survive like the locals. This, for me, is a strength of the film. It would have been so easy for him to use his ray guns to solve problems and give us yet another cgi fest which would have bored us into early dementia. Instead, the director chose the clever path. Making the film about characters, narrative and a beautifully created culture. The direction is masterful. The film takes time to build tension instead of going for the quick explosion. There are crucial pauses which build anticipation. You know the beastie is coming, you just know it and your eyes are riveted to the screen waiting for it, a second seems like an hour. The beastie is a cracker. Truly scary in looks and deeds. The action supports the overall story and the pace of the whole film, for me, is perfect. I liked the original Alien film better than Aliens. People who like Aliens better might find Outlander a bit too lacking in explosions. I am astounded this film was not generally released in cinemas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2010
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OK, if you saw this on the shelf of your local DVD store and picked it up to read the back, you'd be forgiven for thinking this film would be complete rubbish. Everything about it sounds absurd: space men, Vikings, aliens; it's got turkey written all over it... but you'd be wrong.

The film, amazingly, works really well. The story makes sense once you start to watch it and is believable (in as far as any sci-fi film about Vikings and aliens can be) and it's well done too.

It's based on Beowulf & Grendel, a theme the writer had wanted to do a film based around for some time, and after years of trying, he suddenly hit upon a novel idea: What if the legend were actually true? What set of events could have lead to such a tale happening in the real world? Et voila! The story of Outlander was born.

The characters and acting are good throughout and the special effect are quite magnificent. Also the costumes and action sequences are all excellent as well. Everything about this film was spot on. You felt for the characters as the story unfolded and were emotionally invested in their story, punching the air on more than one occasion.

The alien was cool too. And very menacing. And I liked the way the creature had been designed - almost like an Angler fish from the deep sea, using lights and bioluminescence to dazzle, distract and hypnotise its prey. And when you got to see the beast in all its glory you weren't disappointed - the monster looked incredible.

Now, I must admit, I'm a sucker for this type of film: Vikings. Anything with vikings or a 'MadMax' type feel to it, like 'Doomsday' for insatnce, I love - but I don't think I'm being biased. I watched this with a group of friends and they all thoroughly enjoyed it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2011
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One thing that can be disappointing about B-movies/ Alternative movies is their lack of budget. Not so with this film as its makers apparently spent $47 million - the type of figure that Kevin Smith would have killed for with Clerks - only for the distributor to drop the film leading to US box office takings of just $60,000.

Bad news for the Producers, but good news for alternative movie fans as this is now a movie with a B-movie plot but an A-movie budget!

Watching the film it is a little hard to work out how such a film got such financing. In content, it is similar to The 13th Warrior in being a good movie with good acting, dialogue, etc but with a plot set in an obscure location that would be unlikely to make it a box-office smash (Norway, anyone?)

But if you're tired of watching the identikit action movies produced by Hollywood, then this is at least refreshingly different. The main character is a space traveller who is marooned on planet Earth in 7th Century Norway. Rather like Alien, he's brought something rather unpleasant with him in the form of a 'Moorwen' which proceeds to kill the local population.

Starring Jim Caviezel & John Hurt, the acting is convincing & seamless. Although the plot is a little predictable (despite its unusual setting), it does still keep your attention & provide the odd surprise.

So, if you've come across this film in a quest to find something new to watch then it provides something a little different to either trashy B-movies or slick A-movies, falling somewhere between the two. Maybe not the greatest film in the World, it is still worth a watch when the missus is away...
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