This review is a spoiler from beginning to end so if you have not seen Outlander, do not read this. Having purchased the DVD for $3.97 simply because I like adventures and I like James Caviezel, I knew not what to expect save that the cover looked pre-mediaeval. When it began with a space ship I was a trifle confused. The crash was well done and the story began to unfold of this advanced space-faring stranger marooned in 8th century warring Scandinavia. Finding some acceptance by killing a dangerous huge bear, Kainan becomes a lonely ancillary to the tribe, even though claiming he was there as a dragon hunter. Soon the dragon appears and rather gory terror ensues. The great revelation comes when Kainan explains that the dragon is actually a survivor of a world his people destroyed. In a tragic scene we see Kainan cleanly shaven and happy with his wife and son, parting from them for a mission and explaining that they were slaughtered by the dragons. Note that when Kainan shows his son how to avoid being shocked by a "flower", after the burial of the dragons, a glowing miniature dragon emerges and flies away. Kainan, our tragic hero, not only took part in the unjust slaughter of the dragons, he released the nemesis that killed his family. With great suspense the tribe tries to trap and kill the dragon. Succeeding at last, Kainan returns to his beacon set to signal his location to his selfish people. Presciently, the Norse princess says to Kainan, "You're not coming back." Kainan raises the special sword cast from metal originating in his ship, and destroys the beacon in a violent electrical explosion. Thus the tragic hero has completed the circle of karma, expiated his sin and the movie ends at about the one hour and fifty minute mark in a poetic and satisfying climax, a rewarding well-acted and beautifully written and realized film. "But, wait! There's more!" Inexplicably, some one has added a denouement involving the impossible survival of Kainan, his marriage to the princess and adoption of Erik and Outlander is totally ruined. I did not vote for this movie. I would need two numerals: one for the first part up to the beacon's explosion: 8 or even 9; with the loathsome, soulless attached ending: 2. Should you choose to watch Outlander, turn it off when it should have ended.
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