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OUTLANDER - PREVIEW 



 


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Outlander (2008)

Starring:
Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman, John Hurt
Directed by: Howard McCain

U.S. Opening Date: January 23rd, 2009


 

THEY SAY

Outlander begins when a space craft crashes into the majestic fjords of ancient Norway and into the time of the Vikings. From the wreckage emerge two bitter enemies: a soldier from another world - Kainan - and a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen. Man and monster both seeking revenge for violence committed against them. As the Moorwen ravages the Viking world, killing everything in its path, Kainan forms an unlikely alliance with the primitive but fierce warriors. Combining his advanced technology with ancient Iron Age weapons, the hero leads a desperate attempt to kill the monster - before it destroys them all.

WE SAY

Jesus Christ . . . Action Hero!

Sorry, couldn’t resist that considering that this film’s star, Jim Caviezel, played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s controversial Passion of the Christ several years ago. (Just what did he appear in since then?)

Anyway, Outlander shouldn’t be confused with Pathfinder, Highlander, a certain make of SUV or an old sci-fi movie starring Sean Connery. Instead it promises to be The 13th Warrior (remember this?) meets Predator – Vikings helping a spaceman defeat an alien monster! What more do you want of a movie? We here at Sci-Fi Movie Page just love Vikings and think they’re a blast. Grungy-looking dudes in silly steel hats! What’s not to like?

Anyway, Outlander looks like the movie you should wait to come out on DVD one day and watch it with some friends and lots of beer and pizza handy . . .

 

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Trivia

  • Director Howard McCain originally wrote a modern version of the epic poem Beowulf, but couldn't find financial backing for it, so he re-wrote it and this movie was born.

  • Renny Harlin was originally slated to direct when Howard McCain was pitching the script to film studios some years back.

  • This is the first film in history to feature old Norse, an almost dead language. Howard McCain used an Icelandic professor to help translate the dialogue and to teach the actors how to speak the ancient language.

  • Karl Urban was originally considered for the part of Kainan, but he pulled out due to delays in production and went on to film Pathfinder, another period movie involving Vikings.

  • Originally the film was to be shot in New Zealand with a significantly higher budget. They already scouted New Zealand and Weta was going to do the effects. But the financing fell through and the production got delayed. It was finally filmed in Canada and Norway.
     



 

 



 

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