Outlander (2008) movie poster

(2008) dir. Howard McCain
viewed: 05/26/09

When I heard about a movie that involved a spaceship, an alien monster and Vikings, I thought, “Well, that oughta be interesting!”  If you’re like me, you might imagine a bunch of Vikings running around shooting laser guns or something.  Maybe something like Starship Troopers (1997) with horns on their helmets.  It’s a mixture of the future with the ancient past, two mediocre tastes that might at least taste interesting together.  Then again, I thought vaguely of The 13th Warrior (1999), which was not a good thought.  But I still found myself attracted to this great potential nonsense.

Unfortunately, the man from outer space, Jim Caviezel, loses his space blaster right off the bat, so this is a sword-fightin’ movie, much more period setting than sci-fi, except for the The Host (2008) / Cloverfield (2007)-like monster.  In reality, it’s a lot more Beowulf (2007) than anything else.  Without the animation.

In the end it’s a pretty weak effort, but not weak enough to be funny.  Well, mostly.  So, yes, I was disappointed.  I even yearned for Uwe Boll at more than one point.  And that is a statement indeed.

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