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Outlander (2009)



Critic Consensus: Schizophrenic in subject and lackluster in execution, Outlander might have trouble finding the cult audience for which it was built.

Movie Info

When an extraterrestrial spaceship comes crashing down to Earth during the reign of the Vikings, the Scandinavian plunderers get set to do battle with a most unusual enemy in director Howard McCain's earthbound science fiction thriller. Jim Caviezel, Jack Huston, and Sophia Myles star in a film scripted by director McCain in collaboration with screenwriter Dirk Blackman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Howard McCain, Dirk Blackman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 2009
Box Office: $59.6k
Third Rail Releasing - Official Site


Jack Huston
as Wulfric
John Hurt
as Rothgar
John Beale
as Edmund
Scott Owen
as Aethril
Craig J. Harris
as Viking Warrior
Mark Owen
as Raider
J. William Grantham
as Drunken Reveler
Amy Kerr
as Bored Kitchen Wench
Michael Fox
as Wiking and/or Alien ...
Allyson Haas
as Villager
as Kitchen Wench
Glen Wadman
as Wailing Man
Martha Irving
as Weeping Woman
Matt Cooke
as Captain
Bryan Renfro
as Gray-haired Warrior
Tess McCain
as Viking Girl
Bartlett C. Lovett
as Stabbed Sentry
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Critic Reviews for Outlander

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

Daft, obvious but hugely enjoyable, 'Outlander' is superior trash.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Beowulf with aliens and lots of gore, violence.

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
Common Sense Media

Outlander is a fluid genre exercise that satisfies cravings for action and Norse mythology in one fell swoop. It's a full-bodied adventure movie that's responsive and reverential to the needs of sci-fi escapism.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

Vikings vs. aliens -- Outlander is probably the best possible version of whatever movie you've already made in your head from reading those first three words.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

A mead hall party feels like a Iron Age version of "Cheers," right down to the "Norm!" greeting for one character. It's one of many leaden diversions from what should be a lean, economical, brutal B-movie of aliens, Vikings and alternate timelines.

Full Review… | June 20, 2009

This is honestly better than all the big Hollywood blockbusters that have been released so far this summer.

Full Review… | June 8, 2009
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Outlander

This movie got little advertisement when it was released in 2009 and thus ended up heading to DVD in a hurry. The box office on this shouldnt scare you. I just watched the blu ray and I must say not a bad little film. John Hurt as always is awesome. I love me some Sophia Myles. Ron Perlman gets a bit part. Just a nice little gem hidden away. Dont go in expecting too much and you will find yourself a good scifi show.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Taking a strong lead from 'Alien 3' and 'The Relic' methinks with this one, quite a good action flick none the less but it starts out quite drab and lifeless with little on offer.

The cast is lifted with the presence of Hurt and Caviezel is strong as the hero but the rest of the cast can't really compare and come across rather cliched and unoriginal.

Its an odd plot really as it appears to be set way back in time as the hero from another planet crash lands on earth in the year 709AD amongst viking warriors?! Once you overcome that subplot you get a kind of 'Pathfinder' meets 'Highlander' romp which slowly melts into 'The Relic' with a large beastie that moves and see's much like a Giger Alien from 'Alien 3'. One such scene in the caves towards the finale is pretty much a dead ringer for the corridor sequences in Alien 3.

Quite a bit of blood n gore as viking males get torn apart by a reasonable looking alien creature, kinda like a large neon lion with more teeth. Effects are standard CGI fare and nothing special but the flashback sequence to Caviezel's home world is a nice looking animation.

Not bad, good fun with a few flaws and oddities like why the viking folk don't seem too surprised by the strangely dressed short haired stranger in their midst. And why Caviezel's alien species appears to be completely identical to the human race, I guess it could happen perhaps. Its a decent sci-fi/period/monster flick which is worthy of a viewing despite being a complete rip off of various other better sci-fi movies.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A technologically advanced race crash lands in Norway in the time of the Vikings and the survivor must make his way amongst that notoriously bloodthirsty lot, but that's not the big problem. The big problem was that the ship carried a voracious badass predator beastie from another world and now its loose. An interesting low tech sci-fi with Viking style blood and guts and viscera.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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