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Outlander 2009


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.

Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Howard McCain
Starring Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles
Supporting actors Jack Huston, John Hurt, Cliff Saunders, Patrick Stevenson, Aidan Devine, Ron Perlman, Bailey Maughan, John Nelles, James Preston Rogers, Scott Owen, Petra Prazak, Owen Pattison, Matt Cooke, Katie Bergin, Todd Godin, Mauralea Austin, Matthew Amyotte, John Beale
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2016
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This 2008 SF horror film is set in eight century Norway and stars Jim Caviezel as Kainan, a humanoid extra-terrestrial whose damaged spaceship crashes to Earth, but which also contains a fearsome alien creature called Moorwen. What follows is entertaining fare as Kainan and the local Vikings attempt to kill the beast (a cross between the Balrog in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and one of the bugs in ‘Starship Trooper’) before it kills them. The movie has good CGI, terrific energy, appropriate broad humour and a playful mockery running through it, with some notable set-pieces, in particular a contest in which Kainan Jack Huston’s swaggering Viking warrior, Wulfric, jump around a mead hall on shields held aloft by drunken comrades. The ‘Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ angle is played to the full and John Hurt is marvellous as whiskery King Hrothgar while Sophia Myles is appropriately feisty as his warrior daughter Freya. There is a backstory revealed involving interplanetary warfare and mass extermination which unusually challenges you to feel some sympathy for the dragon. Far from being a masterpiece but nevertheless well worth watching, as I did when I rented it after reading some reviews.
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Format: DVD
The plot of this movie has been well described. I guess my liking it is a matter of taste. It doesn't try to be anything profound, but the attention to science fictional detail won me over. In fact I was sold on it in the first five minutes when we see Kainen has to be taught Norse by a dangerous and painful machine learning technique - imagine that, a universe where everyone does **not** speak American English!!! Apart from that you have brave hero, spunky heroine, 'orrible monster (excellent CGI) and reasonably non-insulting picture of Viking society. Hell, 5 out of 5.
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