Under the Radar Movies: Outlander

MV5BMzM3NzU3OTc0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzIwNDI4OA@@._V1_SY317_CR12,0,214,317_AL_The cover bills this movie as “Beowulf Meets Predator” and is a fitting description.

Jim Caviezel plays Kainan, an extraterrestrial human transporting a savage alien creature called a Moorwen. Kainan’s spaceship crashes in the Viking kingdom Herot, Norway circa 709 AD. He  finds his co-pilot dead after the crash and the Moorwen has escaped. It starts to destroy villages in the area and Kainan must hunt the creature down to destroy it.

Jim Caviezel as always is excellent in the role of Kainan. He is conflicted about the creature: on the one hand the creature is a destructive force of nature; inadvertently unleashed on the Vikings, it will wipe them out unless Kainan can stop it. On the other, Kainan’s people had initially caused the situation allowing the creature to become a problem; the creature is not inherently evil.

Ron Perlman and John Hurt have small supporting roles which make this film better than it should be. Overall, I like this movie, have watched several times and own it on Blu Ray. However, it is uneven. The special effects are decent but not outstanding.  The CGI-rendered Moorwen is particularly good and the monster is very scary.  The acting is good and the storyline is compelling.

On the downside, the story is derivative of both Beowulf and Predator, but this is only a minor criticism and didn’t keep me from enjoying the film. Some of the sets and props look kind of cheesy, but to be fair, it is a low-budget production. However, legends usually contain a kernel of truth and the premise that Kainan is Beowulf and the Moorwen is Grendel is an interesting idea. It is even plausible given that this is set in a universe where scientifically advanced extraterrestrial humans exist.

Click on the following link to place a hold in it:

Outlander

Check this out if you like science fiction/fantasy mashups involving Vikings.

Skip it if you think that it is too derivative.

– Steve

 

 

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