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23 July 2014
A spaceship crash lands on Earth , Norway, 709 AD. Only 2 occupants survive, Kainan (Caviezel) & an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Seeking revenge for those it perceived to have wronged it, Kainan must convince & work with the local village of warring Vikings to hunt it down & kill it, before it destroys them all!

The concept of Outlander is one that requires your suspension of disbelief, to enjoy it's Sci-Fi/Medieval fusion. The forefront of the movie is this life & death game of cat & mouse with an alien monster, around a beautifully recreated Viking village & surrounding rural area , that offers up some great action sequences & top notch visual effects. Away from the action, in times of calm, is a story of understanding the motives behind each character, romance & overcoming the boundaries of being a stranger to work as one to defeat a common enemy. The latter does result in the pace of the film dropping a little in places, but as a whole it was a good mix. In fact the cut content appears to be mostly this background content, so that's worth watching for those who like a bit more depth.

Jim Caviezel's (Person of Interest) huge screen presence as Kainan is very good, ably managing the contrast from wounded soul to level headed & experienced warrior. John Hurt's (Alien) gravitas makes him easy to believe as the ageing Viking King , Hrothgar. Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) is convincing as the young waspish future King, Wulfric & Sophia Myles (Tristan And Isolde) was great as the beautiful, feisty & warlike King's daughter, Freya. Also co-stars of note, Ron Perlman (Hellboy) who briefly shines as the snarling man mountain Gunnar, King of the rival village.

In conclusion, despite a few flaws & somewhat predictable nature, it's Sci-Fi/Medieval fusion works surprisingly well. The Independent film production budget managed to deliver solid action, good acting, great special effects/costumes & a story that leaves you entertained. If you like films such as The 13th Warrior or Pathfinder then you will likely enjoy this. Contains mild language (1 F-bomb early in) & graphic violence. Recommended.
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