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Starring: Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman,
Directed by: Howard McCain
Opening Date: January 23rd, 2009
Outlander begins when a space craft crashes
into the majestic fjords of ancient Norway and into the time of the
Vikings. From the wreckage emerge two bitter enemies: a soldier from
another world - Kainan - and a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen.
Man and monster both seeking revenge for violence committed against them.
As the Moorwen ravages the Viking world, killing everything in its path,
Kainan forms an unlikely alliance with the primitive but fierce warriors.
Combining his advanced technology with ancient Iron Age weapons, the hero
leads a desperate attempt to kill the monster - before it destroys them
Jesus Christ . . . Action Hero!
resist that considering that this film’s star, Jim Caviezel, played Jesus
in Mel Gibson’s controversial Passion of the Christ several years
ago. (Just what did he appear in since then?)
Anyway, Outlander shouldn’t be confused with
Highlander, a certain make of SUV or an
old sci-fi movie starring Sean Connery. Instead it promises to be The
13th Warrior (remember this?) meets
Predator – Vikings helping a spaceman defeat an alien monster! What
more do you want of a movie? We here at Sci-Fi Movie Page just love
Vikings and think they’re a blast. Grungy-looking dudes in silly steel hats!
What’s not to like?
Anyway, Outlander looks like the movie you should wait
to come out on DVD one day and watch it with some friends and lots of beer
and pizza handy . . .
Director Howard McCain originally
wrote a modern version of the epic poem Beowulf, but couldn't find
financial backing for it, so he re-wrote it and this movie was born.
Renny Harlin was originally slated to
direct when Howard McCain was pitching the script to film studios some
This is the first film in history to
feature old Norse, an almost dead language. Howard McCain used an
Icelandic professor to help translate the dialogue and to teach the actors
how to speak the ancient language.
Karl Urban was originally considered
for the part of Kainan, but he pulled out due to delays in production and
went on to film Pathfinder, another period movie involving Vikings.
Originally the film was to be shot in
New Zealand with a significantly higher budget. They already scouted New
Zealand and Weta was going to do the effects. But the financing fell
through and the production got delayed. It was finally filmed in Canada