Outlander (2008) Movie Review

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Outlander (2008)

2008 | R | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
115 minutes / 1h 55min

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Outlander Plot Synopsis:

In 709 AD, in the Iron Age, a spacecraft crashes in the Viking kingdom of Herot, Norway, and the pilot Kainan survives. He turns the beacon on; learns the language and culture of the planet using a machine; and finds that the predator, Moorwen, that he was transporting, had escaped. While chasing the alien monster, he finds a village completely destroyed and is arrested by the warrior Wulfric, believing that he killed the locals - Kainan is brought to Herot as a prisoner.

Outlander (2008) Review

Outlander (2008) is a German-American science-fiction action adventure movie that was loosely based on Beowulf (2007). The movie was filmed in Mardalsfossen, Norway and several locations in Canada. Director and co-writer Howard McCain (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), A Boy’s Life (2014)) did a fantastic executing this fourth movie in the directorial field. The movie is 115 minutes long, but it is worth the time/watch because it captured my undivided attention for the first 50 minutes. I got a little tired because the pacing changed, but it did not take long for the movie to reel me back, to the point where I was afraid to blink. I applaud this director for doing an amazing job executing his fourth movie as he shines more than a few well-known directors. The very intense actions scenes, gore, special effects, Vikings, and thrills made the movie into a great watch.

Outlander revolves around an Outlander by the name of Kainan trying to find an alien/monster that escaped from his spacecraft. Kainan’s (Jim Caviezel - Person of Interest (2011), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)) spacecraft accidently crashes into a lake in Vendel-era Norway. Moorwen, who is an alien monster, is also on the same ship as Kainan, but Kainana did not know that he sneaked onto his spacecraft. Kainan soon after sent a distress signal and started his mission to find the Moorwen, who escaped. Kainan is captured by a local chieftain, Wulfric and held prisoner by King Hrothgar (John Hurt - V for Vendetta (2005), Alien (1979), Hellboy (2004), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)) is holding Kainan prisoner after he was captured by Wulfric. It did not take long for the Moorwen to kill several men in the Hrothgar’s kingdom. The King believes that it was a bear that killed his men and decided to go on a bear hunt. The movie progresses to showing a war between two kings because of misinterpretation. By this point in the movie, I was thinking to myself that the king held Kainan as a prisoner for a reason, and that is to save his life twice so far from near death. Major Spoiler: Moorwen has a newborn offspring. Will Kainan be the ultimate warrior and be able to save both kings and kingdoms? Will Kainan flee to save his life? What will Kainan do if the rescue team arrives in time - will he leave or stay and help fight the battle against the Moorwen?

With all said, I did not give away the entire movie and major spoilers so watch the movie because it was a great entertaining adventure movie that was filled with a lot of action. Action movie fans will get a kick out of this movie. The actors were phenomenal and could not have done a better job with their roles. The screenplay, however, had major plot holes that might be noticeable to a lot of people, but it did not take away from the movie to the point where individuals should be overwhelmed by it. I was entertained for about 90 percent of this movie so, needless to say, I would recommend this movie to action fans who love a great adventure with gore. The special effects were excellent as well as the cinematography, sound effects, sets, and makeup.

  • Outlander Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.48
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 4.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.7

About Outlander 2008

Title: Outlander
Year: 2008
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.74/5 stars from 67,999 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 67,999
MPAA Rating: R
Outlander Cast Starring: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Sophia Myles, Todd Schroeder, Ted Ludzik, James Binkley, Jack Huston, Bryan Renfro, Aidan Devine, Matt Cooke, John Nelles, Ricardo Hoyos, Andrew Albert, Brian Heighton, James Preston Rogers, Danny Lima, Simon Northwood, Martha Irving, Katie Bergin, Bart Lovett, Todd Godin, Tess McCain, Mauralea Austin, Brent MacRae, Matthew Amyotte, Drakaina, John Beale, Michael Ray Fox, J. William Grantham, Jim Caviezel
Outlander Writers: Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain
Outlander Director: Howard McCain
Box Office: $59,581
Production: Third Rail Releasing
Website: http://www.outlandermovie.co.uk
Language: English, Norse, Old, Latin
Country: USA, Germany, France