In the year 709 AD, a spacecraft crash-lands on Earth causing a big fireball in the sky. The craft is carrying an alien warrior named Kainan (Jim Caviezel), who is the sole survivor of his race. Kainan is captured by a Viking clan led by King Hrothgar (John Hurt) who suspect him to be some sort of demon. In the ensuing commotion, Kainan manages to break free and flees into the wilderness.
While on the run, Kainan encounters a group of monstrous creatures known as the Moorwens. The Moorwens resemble giant reptiles with sharp claws and teeth and seem to have a hive mind. Kainan discovers that they have been killing the Viking warriors and stealing their women and children. With the help of a young Viking princess named Freya (Sophia Myles), Kainan tries to convince Hrothgar and his men to form an alliance to fight the Moorwens.
However, convincing the Vikings proves to be difficult, especially when one of their warriors, Wulfric (Jack Huston), challenges Kainan's authority. Meanwhile, a ruthless Viking soldier named Gunnar (Ron Perlman) sees the situation as an opportunity to seize power and turns against Hrothgar, seeking to eliminate Kainan and the Moorwens on his own.
As the Moorwens continue to attack the Viking village, Kainan reveals that he is not from this world, and that his people have a weapon capable of killing the Moorwens. Kainan and the Vikings set out on a perilous mission to retrieve the weapon, but they must navigate treacherous mountain passes and face fierce enemies, both human and monster, along the way.
In the end, Kainan, Freya, and the Vikings join together in a final battle against the Moorwens. As swords clash and blood is shed, Kainan must also grapple with the knowledge that he is the last of his kind and that he may never be able to return to his home planet.
Outlander is a captivating action-adventure that blends elements of science fiction and Norse mythology. Its well-drawn characters, intense action set pieces, and stunning visual effects make it a must-see for fans of both genres. The film is also notable for its strong performances, particularly from Jim Caviezel, who brings a sense of otherworldly detachment to his portrayal of Kainan, and Ron Perlman, who revels in his role as the villainous Gunnar.
While the story can feel a bit predictable at times, the film's pacing and sense of momentum keep things engaging. Director Howard McCain does an excellent job of balancing the film's disparate elements, seamlessly blending science fiction and fantasy into a coherent whole.
Overall, Outlander is an entertaining, well-crafted genre film that deserves a wider audience. Whether you're a fan of Viking epics, sci-fi action, or both, this film is sure to satisfy.
Outlander is a 2008 science fiction movie. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 40.