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Outlander 2009 Subtitles

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:
Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles
Runtime:
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 and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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: DVD
I really like this.

It is daft to the point of being preposterous, and I'm afraid Wulfric's accent is annoying. This aside, all the cast are either good or simply entertaining. Jim Caviezel is someone I always enjoy watching, and in this, while his natural dourness sometimes goes a little far, he does a good job. John Hurt is always good for me, and Ron Perlman, well, another favourite. The scenery is lovely, too.

The story, well, it's Beowulf with an alien Grendel. As such, it is by a country mile the best version of that wonderful tale I've seen filmed. The monster is good value, even if illogical. It could have stood a longer running time for me, with some of the deleted/ extended scenes that are in the Extras.

Oh yes, it's a it cheesy, but nonetheless great fun and good entertainment. Definitely four stars, equally definitely not five for me.
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Great film, with excellent performances from Jim Caviezel (not normally a huge fan but think he's really good here), Sophia Myles + John Hurt in particular. Film poster / DVD art is a bit misleading; makes the film look more sci-fi than it really is. It's really an action/adventure set in the Viking era, it just so happens that one of the characters has crash-landed his ship from a distant planet and brought an alien predator with him. This adds a twist to the Viking saga but it's essentially the tale of a village trying to defend itself against the predator (and rival villages / kings), with a bit of romance and some tribal politics and rivalries thrown in.

Really enjoyable action movie, which is fast-paced and has plenty of action, some decent effects and enough plot to keep you interested throughout - which is more than can be said for a lot of action movies these days! Blood, death, great fight sequences, bit of unusual alien tech - check. But also a proper storyline - thank you.
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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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