Outlander (2008, USA)

What would you expect from a movie about a humanoid alien crashing his spaceship into Norway in the year 709 as he is running from another alien, who is ultrasmart and more or less looks and behaves like a dragon? You would hope to see some Bewoulf like scenery along with dark castles, you would expect some high tech gizmo from the Outlander, you would hope to see the feisty daughter of the local Vi-King falling for the hero, you wouldn’t be surprised by the fur and leather clad clothing options, you would want to see fire all over the place. Rest assured you get all of the above from “Outlander.”

I hope you wouldn’t expect more. I didn’t so I was completely happy with the easy flick full of fights. My only regret was the John Hurt’s talents seeing wasted as the king who needs to die according to the logic inherent in these kind of movies. The passing of the torch from one generation to another is inevitable. In this case it was literally a torch. It’s not even a spoiler if I tell you that the ending is absolutely redemptive and heroic and comes with connecting the couple we knew all along would connect. Eh, I didn’t watch this for shock value or even for unexpected turns. I watched it for action and scenery. Got what I wanted. Would you want it?

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IMDB’s summary: During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking’s Iron Age weaponry.


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