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Outlander
(2008)

Solid B-movie hokum with Vikings vs Aliens. Jesus Cavaziel brings an alien pig thing to Earth (a cross between the dog Alien from Alien3 and the Brotherhood of the Wolf thing) accidentally and it goes apeshit. 

The dialogue is never better than leaden and the film is at least 20 minutes too long, but this is put together with a certain amount of flair, and the way it hits every conventional plot/character note on its way is quite charming.

Cavaziel is earnestly blank, whilst John Hurt gets to be beardy and Jack Huston frowns a lot. Sophia Myles looks nice but has a stinker of a role and Ron Perlman pops up for some needed scenery chewing. The creature effects are pretty decent most of the time, and it's nice to have a moment where you look in its eyes and feel a bit sorry for it, after what that nasty Jesus gone and done.

***1/2

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