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->''"In the Year of The Four Kings, a stranger came to us. They say, from a place far beyond the ice. But I truly believe that the gods had sent us Kainan."''

'''[[CoolVersusAwesome Vikings versus aliens.]]''' If that doesn't make you want to see this movie, then nothing will.

''Outlander'' is a 2008 film with a BMovie plot and inexplicable A-List talent: the cast includes Creator/JimCaviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, Creator/RonPerlman and Creator/JohnHurt, and the crew includes Barrie Osborne, producer of the latter two ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films. The director, Howard [=McCain=], originally conceived of the story as a sci-fi adaptation of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', then screenwriter Dirk Blackman reworked it into something that didn't wear its inspiration on its sleeves so. The resulting film could be considered a sci-fi [[HistoricalInjoke real story behind the legend]] of ''Beowulf''.

The film opens with a spacecraft crashing into a lake. The only survivor is the SpaceMarine Kainan. After learning from his ship's computer that he's in Norway, and getting the local language beamed into his brain, Kainan grabs his gun and sets off. He finds an empty village--burnt to the ground, and all its inhabitants dead or missing. He then gets jumped and knocked unconscious by the Norse warrior Wulfric.

Kainan wakes up, imprisoned in Wulfric's village. When questioned about the destroyed village, Kainan says that he was hunting the creature responsible. Naturally, he isn't believed. That night, Kainan escapes his bonds and attempts to sneak away, but at the same time, a creature attacks the village and kills several of the warriors. The creature escapes, and Kainan is recaptured.

The following day, Kainan is brought before the King, Rothgar, and questioned again. He explains that the creature from the previous night was a Moorwen. It had stowed away on his ship and caused it to crash--and that if they do not hunt it down, then it will hunt and kill every last one of them...

Has nothing whatsoever to do with [[Literature/{{Outlander}} Diana Gabaldon's novel series of the same name]].

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!!''Outlander'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The swords forged from the metal of Kainan's ship.
* ActionGirl[=/=]FauxActionGirl: We're shown Freya training near the beginning, and she does get to kill one of Gunnar's men and [[spoiler: the Moorwen cub]], but doesn't do much successful fighting otherwise and pretty much turns into a DistressedDamsel for the last quarter of the film.
* AlienBlood: Bright green.
* AlluringAnglerfish: The Moorwen lures in its prey with multiple glowing spots and stripes on its skin and tail.
* AnAxeToGrind
* AncientAstronauts: Indicated to be the case with Kainan's people, as humans on Earth were a "seed colony" of their species.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Kainan's computer describes Earth as an "abandoned seed colony." It is generally accepted that humans evolved on Earth.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: The last part of the movie takes place in lava-filled tunnels. The Fennoscandian Shield which makes up Norway's land mass is one of the most tectonically stable areas in the world, and has had no volcanic activity for hundreds of millions of years.
* TheAtoner: Kainan.
* BadassGrandpa: Gunnar.
* BareYourMidriff: When we first see Freya, she is wearing a leather crop-top, and a fur miniskirt. She wears a dress for the rest of the film.
* BearsAreBadNews: Except when they have something ''much'' worse to deal with. Whilst hunting for the Moorwen in a cave, a bear attacks Rothgar and his men, which is killed by Kainan. Due to not entirely believing his story about the Moorwen, thinking the bear was responsible for the people it killed, they celebrate and believe the danger has passed. They later see that they were very, ''very'' wrong when they witness the Moorwen slaughtering Gunnar's men.
--> '''Boromir''': Now that was ''not'' a bear...
* BilingualBonus: The "alien" language Kainan speaks at the very beginning of the film is Old Norse. And then the "Old Norse" dialogue throughout the rest of the film is [[TranslationConvention modern English]]. Er, what?
** Brings a whole new level to "Double Dutch".
** It makes a certain degree of sense if you take both TranslationConvention and HumanAliens at face value.
* BioluminescenceIsCool: The Moorwens glow red when about to attack.
* BoisterousBruiser: Boromir!
* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in Norway, filmed in Canada.
* ChekhovsSkill: Shield dancing.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Freya.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: [[spoiler:Freya mistook Kainan for a servant of the Gods at the end of the film]].
* CleavageWindow: Freya's clothing when she is introduced inexplicably features a spacious gap that shows off a good deal of her bust.
* CollapsibleHelmet: Kainan wears one in the opening scene. It never shows up again.
* CombatTentacles / WhipItGood: The Moorwen's tail is deadly, whether it's used for slicing, impaling, or grabbing.
* CoolVersusAwesome: Vikings (one of whom is a former SpaceMarine) versus an alien monster.
* DeusExitMachina: Kainin has a pretty cool RayGun at the beginning of the film, which presumably would have made killing the Moorwen much easier. So, in the scene where Wulfric first attacks Kainin, the gun falls into a river and is never seen again.
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Wulfric, at the end of the film. Kainan does the required palm-over-face eye-closing]].
* DistressedDamsel: Freya after she is abducted by the Moorwen.
* EnemyMine: The threat of the Moorwen forces Rothgar's and Gunnar's clans to work together.
* ExpositionBeam: Kainan's computer beams the Norse language into his brain through his eyeball. It's quite unpleasant, but then it also serves as one of the MythicalMotifs from the Havamal which tells of how [[Main/NorseMythology Odin]] sacrificed a single eye to gain divine knowledge.
* FieryRedhead: Freya. Despite becoming a DistressedDamsel halfway through the film, she is outspoken, rebellious against her father's choice of groom, and can wield a sword well enough to kill a warrior.
* FireForgedFriends: Kainan and Wulfric, over the course of the film. To a lesser extent, Kainan's relationship with Freya could be considered a romantic version of this trope.
* FromACertainPointOfView: The Vikings never suspect Kainan's true origins, because he uses terms and metaphors they would understand to explain his history and that of the Moorwen's. For example, he claims to be from an island far to the north, which is a clever way of saying he's from another planet, and technically true under the archaic convention of using north and south as metaphors for up and down.
* GenocideDilemma
* GoingNative: [[spoiler: At the end, Kainan chooses to remain on Earth and becomes king, despite the clan barely knowing him.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads
* HeroicBSOD: "There are no gods. There is no destiny. There is just me."
* HeyYouHaymaker: Freya's greeting to Kainan after his first escape attempt in which he knocked her unconscious.
* HornyVikings: No horned helmets, thankfully.
* HotBlooded: Wulfric.
* HumanAliens: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; it's stated that Earth was colonized by Kainan's people and then abandoned.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Tell me you didn't feel sorry for the Moorwen's species during Kainen's flashback.
* [[spoiler: IChooseToStay: At the end, a rescue ship arrives for Kainan, but he destroys his distress beacon, and the presumably automated ship leaves.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Moorwens.
* InfantImmortality: Averted with [[spoiler: The baby Moorwen]].
* ItCanThink: The Moorwen is shown to possess levels of intelligence and even raw emotion at times. It recognises Kainen when he calls its name in their first encounter on Earth and singles him out during the attack on the village. There's even a subtle implication that [[spoiler: it went after Kainen's family specifically because he was the commander of the forces that wiped out its species]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Wulfric warms up to Kainen pretty quickly once he proves his worth.
* JustFollowingOrders
* KarmaHoudini: Kainan is complicit in a planet's destruction and a species's near-total genocide... [[spoiler:and he ends up saving the day, gets the girl, and becomes a King]]. However he is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone incredibly remorseful for the whole mess]] [[DefectorFromDecadence and abandons his old life]]. [[spoiler:There is a moment before Kainan finally kills the Moorwen when he and the creature make eye contact, perhaps acknowledging this.]]
* KillItWithFire: Kainan's people drove the Moorwens to the brink of extinction by firebombing their homeworld. Kainan reuses this tactic with whale oil. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* TheLancer: Wulfric.
* LastOfHisKind: The Moorwen and its offspring.
* MadeOfExplodium: Kainan's console at the end of the movie.
* MamaBear: Needless to say, after already having the rest of its kind wiped out, the Moorwen was very pissed off over the death of its one and only offspring.
* MonsterIsAMommy: The Moorwen.
* OhCrap: Let's throw this torch into the darkness so we can get a better look.
* PetTheDog: Kainan befriending the orphan.
* PrecisionFStrike: Kainan's first words after learning Norse.
* PrehensileTail: The Moorwen is a giant, lizardish thing, but its prehensile tail can be used to grasp, slice, or impale its victims.
* PsychicNosebleed: Kainan has one as a side-effect of downloading Norse language skills into his brain.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Rothgar, in contrast to the hotheaded Wulfric.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Moorwen's.
* SamaritanRelationshipStarter: Kainan saving Rothgar's life in the fight with the bear causes Freya to reconsider her opinion of him.
* ScreamingWoman: After Freya is kidnapped, she spends much of her time screaming. To be fair, she wakes up in a huge pile of corpses in various stages of decomposition.
** To be even more fair, that's pretty much all the guy the same thing happened to did as well, he just died faster.
* ScrewDestiny: Freya's reply to Kainan's HeroicBSOD: "If you truly believe that you write the tale of your life, then the end is up to you." Interestingly, as the page quote indicates, ''Freya'' doesn't necessarily believe in ScrewDestiny herself but it's what Kainan needs to hear.
* ShoutOut: A viking named [[LordOfTheRings Boromir]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Freya and Kainan.
* SpaceIsAnOcean: So much that Kainan [[FromACertainPointOfView is barely lying]] when he tells everyone how he’s from an “island” in the “north” and his ship crashed.
* SpaceMarine: Kainan.
* ThunderboltIron: A rare non-meteoric example. Kainan salvages scraps of metal from his crashed spaceship for the Viking blacksmith to forge into a CoolSword after iron weapons prove ineffective.
* TooDumbToLive: Really, if the Moorwen are so dangerous that even one of them could wipe out an entire heavily-fortified compound and cause further havoc after coming to Earth, wouldn't it have been better for everyone if they just left the damn things on their planet intact? Or conversely, if you're going to wipe them out, make sure you get '''all of them.'''
* TranslationConvention: All but {{lampshaded}}.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback
* {{Unobtanium}}: Metal from the starship's hull.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Moorwen, having her planet ravaged, her species exterminated and her family slaughtered (twice)... for being not human, and she can't get her revenge.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: The Moorwen's offspring is just a cub, but it is blinded and beheaded anyway.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Moorwen. [[SympathyForTheDevil Even Kainan feels sympathy for it]].
* WouldHitAGirl: During his escape Kainan knocks Freya unconscious.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: A Christian priest believes the Moorwen is a demon and tries to exorcise it. He is predictably killed.]]
* XMeetsY: The American cover repeats some critic's blurb, billing it as "''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' meets ''Film/{{Predator}}''".
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