Outlander

Outlander

709AD, a space craft streaks across the night‘s sky and crash lands in a Norwegian fjord. From its wreckage emerge, Kainan (Jim Caviezel) a soldier from a far away planet and a deadly alien stowaway, the Moorwen. Before he has a chance to track down the Moorwen, Kainan is captured by viking warrior, Wulfric (Jack Huston) and held prisoner in the local village led by King Rothgar (John Hurt). Grudgingly accepted into the clan after saving Rothgar‘s life, Kainan confides in Rothgar‘s fiercely beautiful daughter, Freya (Sophia Myles), about his past. As the Moorwen wreaks terror and destruction on neighbouring villages, the threat of conflict between the clans escalates and Kainan is called upon to kill the creature. Aware of their prey‘s strength, Kainan and Wulfric fuse his advanced alien technology with the Viking‘s Iron Age weaponry. Joining forces with the bloodthirsty Gunnar (Ron Perlman), they lead one last mission to seek out and slay the Moorwen. --©Momentum Pictures 2.1 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
Outlander

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Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Howard McCain
Cast Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman James Caviezel
Studio The Weinstein Company
Release Date April 2009
Running Time 115 minutes
 

709AD, a space craft streaks across the night‘s sky and crash lands in a Norwegian fjord. From its wreckage emerge, Kainan (Jim Caviezel) a soldier from a far away planet and a deadly alien stowaway, the Moorwen. Before he has a chance to track down the Moorwen, Kainan is captured by viking warrior, Wulfric (Jack Huston) and held prisoner in the local village led by King Rothgar (John Hurt). Grudgingly accepted into the clan after saving Rothgar‘s life, Kainan confides in Rothgar‘s fiercely beautiful daughter, Freya (Sophia Myles), about his past. As the Moorwen wreaks terror and destruction on neighbouring villages, the threat of conflict between the clans escalates and Kainan is called upon to kill the creature. Aware of their prey‘s strength, Kainan and Wulfric fuse his advanced alien technology with the Viking‘s Iron Age weaponry. Joining forces with the bloodthirsty Gunnar (Ron Perlman), they lead one last mission to seek out and slay the Moorwen. --©Momentum Pictures

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Reviews

The Daily Express

Allan Hunter

Beowulf meets Aliens in a rip-roaring mixture of B-movie clichés, wooden acting, dumb dialogue and bloodthirsty action scenes.

24/04/2009

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The Financial Times

Karl French

Howard McCain’s film comes perilously close to being risible at times, but it is never dull.

22/04/2009

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

...preposterous... But you may be pleasantly surprised to hear it's also quite enjoyable.

24/04/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

For gung-ho action you can't beat a Vikings/spacemen/alien monster fusion. Outlander is a cracking bit of fantasy adventure, bristling with cool special effects and battle sequences.

19/04/2009

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Daft, obvious but hugely enjoyable, ‘Outlander’ is superior trash.

23/04/2009

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The Times

Dominic Wells

John Hurt is excellent as the watchfully wise king, as are Sophia Myles as his feisty daughter and the other-worldly James Caviezel; but ironically they load gravitas on to a vehicle better suited to a silly creature feature. We needed less Rolls-Royce, and more Fjord Fiesta.

23/04/2009

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Any film that gets John Hurt to adopt a shaggy beard and play a village elder called Rothgar plainly has some understanding of what a hokey Viking action flick should deliver. Most of the time, though, Howard McCain’s movie is plain dull.

26/04/2009

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Total Film

Mark Salisbury

This should have been a cracking genre piece – Vikings? Monsters? What’s not to like? – even if Beowulf hadn’t got there first. But despite the cool concept, it commits the cardinal sin of being a little too much on the dull side.

30/03/2009

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Variety

Derek Elley

Conceived, per the filmmakers, as a "sci-mythic" version of "Beowulf," but playing more like a monster mash of B-grade offshoots of classier genre movies, alien-vs.-Vikings actioner "Outlander" delivers occasionally but more often misses the mark.

15/08/2008

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Channel 4 Film

Anton Bitel

As clunky and ineffective as an iron-age weapon on an alien predator's hide, this retro-SF rationalisation of Beowulf could have done with less sword and more pen.

01/05/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

...a humourless screenplay and unimaginative direction, and Outlander is heavy going.

23/04/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

Outlander is an unfortunate meeting between Alien and Beowulf, in which an extraterrestrial from an advanced planet in a galaxy far far away accidentally brings a monster to a Viking community in 703AD Norway.

26/04/2009

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

It's silly stuff, but thanks to a personality-free monster, arboreal acting and a self-serious tone, it's not in any way fun.

24/04/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

It should be a delirious B-movie, but it plods along with dreary seriousness, despite the fey Vikings' random accents and gleaming white teeth. Rent 2007's Beowulf instead.

26/04/2009

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