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Outlander (2008)

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During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Kainan
Sophia Myles ... Freya
Jack Huston ... Wulfric
John Hurt ... Hrothgar
Cliff Saunders ... Boromir
Patrick Stevenson Patrick Stevenson ... Unferth
Aidan Devine ... Einar
Ron Perlman ... Gunnar
Bailey Maughan Bailey Maughan ... Erick
John Nelles ... Donal (as John E. Nelles)
James Preston Rogers ... Bjorn (as James Rogers)
Scott Owen Scott Owen ... Aethril
Petra Prazak Petra Prazak ... Mara
Owen Pattison Owen Pattison ... Galen, son of Kainen
Matt Cooke Matt Cooke ... Captain
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Storyline

In 709 AD, in the Iron Age, a spacecraft crashes in the Viking kingdom of Herot, Norway, and the pilot Kainan survives. He turns the beacon on; learns the language and culture of the planet using a machine; and finds that the predator, Moorwen, that he was transporting, had escaped. While chasing the alien monster, he finds a village completely destroyed and is arrested by the warrior Wulfric, believing that he killed the locals - Kainan is brought to Herot as a prisoner. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It destroyed his world. He won't let it destroy ours.


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English | Norse, Old | Latin

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (Latvia) See more »

Also Known As:

A kívülálló See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,581, 25 January 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$160,641, 8 March 2009
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Sophia Myles began working on the film following her break up with David Tennant. See more »

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After the trap fails to kill the monster and the appearance of the baby one from the well, Kainan is seen pulling a bucket of blood red water from the well and pouring it on the side. When he then enters the well the water has no blood in it whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Kainan: What is it?
Boromir: What is it? What kind of backwater are you from?
Kainan: Some place far from here.
Boromir: For certain! Far off and sad that's not tasted Heorot mead!
Hrothgar: Boromir likes his drink.
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The Space Marine, the Vikings, and the Alien Space Dragon
3 February 2009 | by PlaybahnoshSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon this move by accident, but being a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, I watched it, despite the fact that sci-fi movies nowadays tend to be rather poor.

The story begins with Kainan (James Caviezel) crash landing his spaceship into a lake, in the middle of Viking-land, in 709 AD. With his co-pilot dead, and his ship in ruins, sunken to the bottom of the lake, he uses his only working piece of technology to teach himself the norsk language. (I laughed my head off, when the first word he utters in Earth language is the "F" word :D) Wandering around in a forest, he is found by Wulfric (Jack Huston) and brought back to his village. They think Kainen is responsible for brutally ransacking a nearby village, and when Kainen tells them he is hunting for a "dragon", he is labeled as a liar and enemy. When in fact, the "dragon" he is referring to, is a monster from another planet, now hunting the viking populace and fauna of the land. Soon, when the villagers start vanishing and turning up as mutilated corpses, the vikings realize that Kainen might be telling the truth after all...

I gotta say, combining space marines and alien monsters with a fantasy Viking setting intrigued me to no end. Outlander is the living proof, that such a combination can result in a very good and entertaining 115 minutes. Although the story is a little shallow, lacking in huge plot-twists and deep character development, but it is enough to keep the attention between the awesomely gory fight scenes.

The acting is good enough, with the Christian Bale look-alike Caviezel, and the great but short performance of Ron Perlman, it manages to be captivating. We see far more swordplay than pulse rifle shoot-outs, so the sci-fi part of the film is largely suppressed to make way for the epic battle between the vikings and the moorvens, but that's just how it must be in this movie. The fight scenes are nicely choreographed and acted, the special effects are more than awesome, and the whole is movie is just great.

I'd like to point out, that the Moorven is most astonishing space monster I've ever seen. With the clever colored pulsing and the well thought-out anatomy of the beast, it manages to be best so far.

It's not the best movie I've seen, but it's still great, and every sci-fi and fantasy fan should go see it.


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