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4.0 out of 5 stars very good monster à la hard scifi, 22 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Outlander [Blu-ray] [2009] (Blu-ray)
This is a thoroughly enjoyable monster movie. Because it is serious scif (if that isn't an oxymoron), the story was believable enough to capture my imagination. A space voyager crashes to Earth in 709 CE, with mysterious though comprehensible technologies - he connects his brain to the computer, getting a download of the local Norse dialect and basic information about their world view and state of civilization. A lone survivor, he is charismatic and tough, ready to take on a challenge alone, some idea of which we get from his exploration of a devastated village. What he doesn't quite plan for is the skill and ferocity of the Vikings, one of whom captures him and brings him back to camp.

There are many vivid and very well acted characters. The alien, it seems, has walked into a volatile situation of incessant war between rival chiefdoms. He explains to them that he is hunting a dragon, which they find laughable until the creature attacks in the night. This makes the alien a comrade and guide in the hunt. He befriends a claimant to the throne, whose betrothed is a strong, not-too-enamoured woman. The fight is brutally graphic, has a wonderfully believable adversary with many surprises in store, and moves quickly. The atmospherics are also lushly Nordic, in a hunter-gatherer waste with inferior iron and crude implements.

This is riveting entertainment with enough subtlety that it can be viewed many times for enjoyment. Recommended.
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