Outlander

Outlander hails from 2008 but it’s a somewhat banal movie, so don’t beat yourself up if you missed it. It stars Jim Caviezel as Kainan, a humanoid alien from a vastly advanced race whose spacecraft crash-lands on Planet Earth of 709AD. Viking times. Cue lots of extras with mucky faces. The spacecraft is carrying a vicious monster (not sure why) so what pans out is kind of like The Thirteenth Warrior meets Alien, but nowhere near as interesting as either of those films.

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Anyway, Sophia Myles is nice, I like her, John Hurt looks like he wandered in off the set of a much better film and Ron Perlman is unrecognisable (in a good way), so he”s probably happy about that. I once liked Jim Caviezal too, but I gather he’s become a bit of a crusading bigot (of the raving-judgemental-Mel-Gibson-Opus-Dei kind) and I can’t really concentrate on his movies any more because of it. The only thing I really liked: the locations. Outlander filmed in Newfoundland, which is suitably rugged and mist-enveloped. Given that the earliest Western settlements in the New World were Vikings in Newfoundland, there’s a certain symmetry to this, but it’s not enough to get excited about.