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Outlander (2008)
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:13:42 am »

Outlander borrows heavily from a few different sources such as Aliens, Predator and Beowulf. And for the futuristic scenes via flashback, you can see that they got the idea for their ship designs from Terminator. Throw in the setting of Norse Vikings and you really do have something fun and unique....for the most part. Based on the recommendation from here, I decided to give Outlander a shot. They may say that they are chasing a "dragon", but it couldn't be as far removed from one as it gets in this film. If you're expecting the type of dragon from fairy tales and Reign Of Fire, you will be disappointed. It's more alien than anything else.

As for the Predator reference, I'm sure you will see the similarities between both films of being hunted and stalked by an otherworldly creature in the Forrest. I've always been a fan of using the plot device of having to forge and kill a far more superior being using just primitive weapons and creativity, which they do a good job here. The story is set in a primitive time and location, yet there were plenty of cool shots to marvel at. I was actually surprised at how good the special effects looked in this one. Since I don't remember ever seeing any promotion for this movie, I'm guessing it didn't get or last long in the theaters. On the cover box art for the DVD, it says it's a Blockbuster Exclusive, suggesting that this was a Direct-to-DVD release. But that can't be right with the Weinstien's name attached to it. They would push for some kind of theatrical run to recoup its money. I've never seen or heard of them ever doing a Direct-To-DVD release.

Anyway, I liked the movie, even after its somewhat sluggish start. It gets better once the story takes shape and they begin in earnest on how to conquer the beast. Solid cast includes Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Houston, John Hurt and Ron Perlman. Speaking of Jack Houston, it literally took me about 3/4 of the movie before I was able to finally place his face (pun not intended). I couldn't for the life figure out where I knew him from and then he gave a very subtle look, a glance and that trigger it for me and then I knew immediately.....Boardwalk Empire. D'oh! Anyway, this is definitely worth a Rent. I would be toally down for a sequel if they were able to bring back both Jim and Sophia.
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Re: Outlander (2008)
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 10:14:04 am »
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Re: Outlander (2008)
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 09:55:29 pm »
It now occurs to me that this could work as a double feature with Thor or maybe the sequel to Thor (or a triple feature, since I already thought that Just Visiting would be a good double feature with Thor).  Haven't seen this in a while, but it's one of the few Beowulf adaptations I can actually stand (I was never a big fan of that story).

 

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