Outlander

  • 15
  • Howard McCain (2008)
  • US (SUB)
  • 110 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Though it ultimately ends up looking more like a cheap and cheerful monster movie than the artfully ambitious low-budget sci-fi thriller it would like to be, there's a refreshing charm to this hokey tale. A spaceman named Kainan (Jim Caviezel) crash-lands in Norway during the Viking age, but has unwittingly brought an unwanted guest - a vicious alien predator called the Moorwen. The creature proceeds to terrorise the locals, so Kainan joins forces with the warrior community to stalk and kill it. References to a host of science-fiction classics abound, including some less-than-subtle steals from Alien and Planet of the Apes, but Outlander's key influence is the epic poem Beowulf, and the muddy period setting gives the basic plot an interesting twist. Sadly, the film's limited purse doesn't stretch far enough to create a wholly satisfying fantasy world, but the vibrant young cast, and a grizzled, hammy John Hurt, have a lot of fun, nevertheless.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction action adventure starring Jim Caviezel. In the 8th century AD, a spaceship crashes in a Viking kingdom. The pilot, Kainan, survives but it soon becomes apparent that the vicious predator Moorwen has escaped from the vessel. However, before he can apprehend the beast, Kainan is captured and taken to a local village as a prisoner.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kainan
Jim Caviezel
Freya
Sophia Myles
Wulfric
Jack Huston
Rothgar
John Hurt
Gunnar
Ron Perlman
Erick
Bailey Maughan
Donal
John Nelles
Bjorn
James Preston Rogers
Mara
Petra Prazak
Unferth
Patrick Stevenson

Crew

Director
Howard McCain

Other Information

Language: 
English, Old Norse +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Apr 2009
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services
Categories
Drama