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Outlander (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Howard McCain

Starring:
James Caviezel/Kainan
Sophia Myles/Freya
Jack Huston/Wulfric
John Hurt/Rothgar
PLOT-CRUNCH
Alien duder (Caviezel) crashes to earth circa Norway, 709 AD, unknowingly bringing with him a merciless alien creature (they call it Moorwen). The monster goes buck nuts on the locals and our hero has to tag with a group of Vikings to take the motherf*cking beast down.
THE LOWDOWN

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

I’ve been hearing about OUTLANDER for a while now… no big surprise… the Weinsteins are distribution it, so “a while” by their usual standards usually means a couple of years in limbo-hell  if ya know what I mean. Well, I finally got to shoot some arrows at this one’s nggin and I gotta say it, the flick was worth the wait and then some. I freaking loved it!

You have no idea how REFRESHING it was for a schmuck like me to finally see a movie that’s not a remake, a retelling or a McProduct. A film that takes its time to unfold its story, to develop its characters and their relationships (I even pulled a man-bitch at a certain point and teared up – been a while since that happened). A film that tries something new (well old in new ways – everything has been done) and that is not afraid to take chances. It felt swell, real f*cking swell! OUTLANDER was that movie for me. Further proof that the SOLID films seem to go straight to DVD now of late and that the garbage of mass consumption gets the big screen treatment. The flick had me hooked right away with its gripping initial premise that reeked of THE HIDDEN meets the 13TH WARRIOR by way of REIGN OF FIRE and THE RELIC. The cast was astounding (Caviezel and Sophia Myles were amazing together), the score efficient and the pace deliberately slow, but not in a boring way, in a WE’RE TAKING THE TIME TO TELL A STORY MANNER.

What about the horror your may ask? Oh yes it was in the house, starting with the wonderful creature, designed by ace in the deck Patrick Tatopoulos. That little bugger was responsible for many exhilarating, tension filled and uber exciting bits, especially during the second half (that glowing red stuff it did owned me). Then we had the scenery at hand blowing me away and having me spit out “I want to live there” out loud on more than one occasion (flick was mostly shot in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada). For a nature loving mate like me, you can’t wrong with a monster mash set within a mountains, lakes and waterfalls heavy ring. Freaking awe inspiring. Add to all that a handful of strikingly executed action set pieces, a proficient score by Geoff Zanelli that hit the right notes and bang on production designs and you get a genre offering that’s well rounded to say the least.

Any beefs with this slab of fun? A couple. Some of the CGI was so-so in execution and the same went for the green screen. Took away from what was happening a tad. There was also a predictability factor as to how the shenanigans would unfold and who would live and who would die that I couldn't shake off. No biggie though, it didn’t hinder my get-down with it much. Overall OUTLANDER just pleased the heck out of me. There was a charm about it that coupled with all of the loving mentioned above, made me totally dig on it. You down with Sci-Fi, monsters and sword wielding Vikings? Have a taste of this genre bending Pot Pourrie and thank me later with your sisters and their cookies.
GORE
We get one “out of left field” beheading that kicked my ass, mangled corpses, some impalings and humans being chewed to Kibbles & you know the rest.
ACTING
I’m a big Jim Caviezel (Kainan) fan, I love him in everything that he’s done and here was no exception. The dude was likeable, intense and even managed to thug my heart strings at a certain point. Gold! Sophia Myles (Freya) put out a mix of strength and vulnerability that made me cry out MARRY ME! Jack Huston (Wulfric) tackled what could’ve been a one dimensional role but in a layered way. Ron Perlman (Gunnar) didn’t have much to do but he sure knew how to play ANGRY well. John Hurt (Rothgar) brought further class to the whole with his solid display.
T & A
None, drop your top already Cazieviel! That was a joke BTW. The pinnacle of my sense of humor today…bugh…
DIRECTING
Howard McCain was sly enough to know when to hold back visually and just TELL HIS STORY and when to double down on style to have the scenarios at hand whoop hard. I liked what I saw!
SOUNDTRACK
The score by Geoff Zanelli delivered in terms of maximizing the mood and tone of the events.
BOTTOM LINE
I read a couple of OUTLANDER reviews after my watch and saw that lots of folks had mixed feelings about it. Hey, to each his own! This twat on the other hand couldn’t get enough of it. Novel premise, strong actors, endearing characters, a cool monster, some suspense, an eye popping setting, able prod design and a f*ckload of Vikings! HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG! Sure the film could’ve slapped more coin in its CGI and if you’ve seen more than one film, the chain of events won’t be too hard to crack, but no matter, OUTLANDER made my day. Not a product, but an obvious labor of love. I NEEDED THAT! Big thanks to all involved! Now give me a sequel!
BULL'S EYE
the production designer on this flick is David Hackl who also directed SAW V.

Director Howard McCain also penned UNDERWORLD 3 and the upcoming retake on CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

Thomas Jane, Sean Bean and Karl Urban were all considered to play Kainan.

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3:58AM on 09/12/2009
The 9 movie reviews haven't been stellar. However, it has a heavyweight cast Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, and an upstart director called Tim Burton. (He makes heavy waves.)
It's a post apocalyptic CGI film in which machines have obliterated mankind, and small robots get into adventures, not to be confused with District 9, about aliens trapped on earth in South Africa who aren't to be confused with the Springboks.
Still, the 9 movie is a Tim
The 9 movie reviews haven't been stellar. However, it has a heavyweight cast Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, and an upstart director called Tim Burton. (He makes heavy waves.)
It's a post apocalyptic CGI film in which machines have obliterated mankind, and small robots get into adventures, not to be confused with District 9, about aliens trapped on earth in South Africa who aren't to be confused with the Springboks.
Still, the 9 movie is a Tim Burton film, which usually means a big studio pay day. Pls. click this
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9:17PM on 08/31/2009
I really enjoyed this movie alot, it was fast paced, thrilling, action packed, visually stunning and had a nasty looking monster. I thought this movie was intriguing and epic and is one of the few great sci-fi/creature feature adventure right now and it deserved a wider theaterical release than what it got. I thought it had strong leading performances and a very satisfying ending. Overall if you like movies like Reign Of Fire and Alien you will most likely dig this. Recommended!
I really enjoyed this movie alot, it was fast paced, thrilling, action packed, visually stunning and had a nasty looking monster. I thought this movie was intriguing and epic and is one of the few great sci-fi/creature feature adventure right now and it deserved a wider theaterical release than what it got. I thought it had strong leading performances and a very satisfying ending. Overall if you like movies like Reign Of Fire and Alien you will most likely dig this. Recommended!
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1:08AM on 06/12/2009

Humm....

I'm usually hip with arrow's reviews 99.9 percent of the time but this movie was just a disaster. The special effects looked straight outta a sci-fi movie and you simply didn't care for any of the characters. Granted,the story was very original yet poorly executed. It just looks plain cheap. And the dialogue...wow. Nuff' said. Sorry Folks I really wanted to like this film, but it sucked.
I'm usually hip with arrow's reviews 99.9 percent of the time but this movie was just a disaster. The special effects looked straight outta a sci-fi movie and you simply didn't care for any of the characters. Granted,the story was very original yet poorly executed. It just looks plain cheap. And the dialogue...wow. Nuff' said. Sorry Folks I really wanted to like this film, but it sucked.
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12:42AM on 04/15/2009

thumbs up

Loved the review, loved the film even more.
Loved the review, loved the film even more.
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1:07PM on 04/14/2009

One of the most satisfying films I've seen this year.

I loved this movie. People have complained about how cliche it is. It's a freaking viking movie it's meant to follow that style of story structure. I absolutely loved the design of the creature.
I loved this movie. People have complained about how cliche it is. It's a freaking viking movie it's meant to follow that style of story structure. I absolutely loved the design of the creature.
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9:55PM on 04/13/2009

Fascinating...

This seems quite promising.

I will always see Jim as Jesus Christ though. He'll never live it down. :P
This seems quite promising.

I will always see Jim as Jesus Christ though. He'll never live it down. :P
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7:31PM on 04/13/2009

GREAT F*CKING MOVIE.

Completely agree with your review, Arrow. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who greatly enjoyed the movie. The monster was awesome and original and the bioluminescence aspect was something never seen before; the Vikings rule, and the acting was really really good. I also loved how the first hour took the time to develop the story before jumping into the hunt/slaughter in the second part. The action sequences were exciting and well-filmed, and if the film was not extremely gory, it had some
Completely agree with your review, Arrow. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who greatly enjoyed the movie. The monster was awesome and original and the bioluminescence aspect was something never seen before; the Vikings rule, and the acting was really really good. I also loved how the first hour took the time to develop the story before jumping into the hunt/slaughter in the second part. The action sequences were exciting and well-filmed, and if the film was not extremely gory, it had some really nice scenes (loved the guy who was being eaten alive... slowly... really slowly). All in all, a really good movie, which makes you care about its characters and keeps you entertained from start to finish. Then again, I may be biased because I dig everything norse... but seriously, if you're a REAL MAN... you cannot not like Vikings. And there are not enough movies out there about how badass they were. Now let's grow beards, drink from horns, screw some whores and let the heads roll !
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