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Outlander (2009)

Outlander (2009)
Jim Caviezel, Jack Huston, John Hurt, Sophie Myles and Ron Perlman

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: January 23, 2009 Released by: The Weinstein Company

This flat picture combines Norse mythology and science fiction in a risible, hardly grand way. It conjures up memories of pictures like The 13th Warrior, Beowulf and Enemy Mine (featuring decent interplay between Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett, Jr.), among others. But, not in a good way.

The outre Outlander stars Jim Caviezel as gloomy humanoid Kainan whose alien vessel plunges into Norway, circa 709 A.D. It happens that a lizard lifeform known as the Moorwen is along for the crash, and the occasional backward explanation tells of how Kainan's emotional condition came to be.

As directed by Howard McCain, a writer of the operatic vampire/horror hybrid show Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the impending conflict has Kainan against and later with young warrior Wulfric (Jack Huston). A love triangle develops as Kainan does well to be accepted into favor of King Rothgar (John Hurt, apparently well-clad in leather) whose feisty daughter Freya (Sophie Myles, very good in Mister Foe and remembered from the first two Underworld forays) is who Wulfric intends to wed. Ron Perlman (doing well on the small-screen now in "Sons of Anarchy") has no problem as the ravenous foe (at the outset, anyway) of Rothgar, Gunnar, whose village was wiped out by the Moorhem.

Safe to say, there's the damsel in distress as the vicious beast needs to be eradicated by Kainan who many say has been "sent by the gods". As it unfolds with little pizzazz and sober dankness, as the grunge is expressed mainly in blue and green tones. Caviezel (Passion of the Christ) must have been right for a role that has little energy, at least opposite Myles and Huston. McCain renders this yarn with Vikings and a orphan boy with little vitality and dignity as the preposterousness is only muted with the presence of Hurt as the chiseled, wise ruler.

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