If you're old enough to remember the
CHEESE fantasy action "B"
movies of the 80's, than Outlander may indeed be your cup of tea and
even though it tries to take itself seriously, the premise leaves a
lot to be desired.
However, if you can suspend
Outlander is actually an interesting twist on the science fiction
genre that pits Vikings against aliens and yes, you heard correctly.
Starring Jim Caviezel as Kainan,
Outlander is set during 709 A.D.
and when his spacecraft crashes on Earth, his day goes from bad to
worse. Although he is the only survivor of the crash, he soon
stumbles upon a village that has been decimated by a creature called
the Moorwen which his craft was carrying.
Before he can hunt down
the creature responsible, he is captured by Viking warrior Wulfric
(Jack Huston) and taken to his King (John Hurt) for judgement who
believe that this strange man was involved in the destruction.
compound the situation, if answers are not found and the creature is
destroyed, Gunnar (Ron Perlman), another powerful leader will hold
King Rothgar responsible. From here, the hunt begins and even though
at times Outlander is reminiscent of Predator, it even has shades of
Beowulf from its setting and even characters as they attempt to
thwart this powerful creature.
Although the movie is steeped in
action and gore, there is even a touch of romance between Kainan and
the Rothgar's beautiful daughter Freya (Sophia Myles) who also
happens to be the
person Kainan needs in gaining the trust of these ferocious Viking
Director Howard McCain successfully builds the
suspense in the movie and like the aforementioned movie Predator,
the Moorwen is only briefly seen at the start but as the film
progresses, the viewer is given more glimpses of this creature and
thankfully, the special effects are rather impressive for a
relatively low-budget action sci-fi flick.
Of course, the star of
the movie is Caviezel who successfully portrays his homeless
character from the stars perfectly and of course Huston who makes a
great yet clichéd Viking warrior. Outlands is a fun story, yet
ultimately forgettable, however for the time spent watching this
flick, those lovers of action will be caught up in the excitement of the
hunt but just don't expect any awards from the Oscars or the Golden
On Blu-ray, the high definition looks good but is not
that spectacular, however it still has sharp images, strong blacks and an impressive
colour palette, even though it's set during the dark ages. The audio
suits this action sci-fi film perfectly and certain moments will be
blaring out your surround sound speakers but of course, it needs to
heard loud to be thoroughly enjoyed for that added level of
Lastly, Outlander contains a healthy dose of extras from commentaries, deleted scenes, visual effects, trailers and
the like which are probably more catered to the true fans of the
movie than those casual watches. Nonetheless, it's good to see
Warner releasing some impressive extras.
At the end of the day,
Outlander is a combination of a variety of different action and
science fiction movies that although is not the most original story
on the block, it's still a hoot to watch!