It's the weekend, which means it's Sci-Fi Squad Movie Club time. I'm sure you know the drill by now, but if not, here's how it works. We assign a sci-fi flick as a sort of weekend cinematic homework. You have until Monday to watch said sci-fi flick. On Monday we all gather around the virtual watercooler and discuss what we thought about it. Sound fun? It is. Especially since this week's assignment is...


Outlander (2008)

Who's involved?

Directed by newcomer Howard McCain, Outlander stars James Caviezel, John Hurt, and Ron Perlman, among others.

What's it about?

According to IMDB, "During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry." That's right, it's time to watch some aliens vs. vikings!

Why should you watch it?

The film's cool concept admittedly could be the premise of a bad SyFy movie (sorry for the redundancy there). But when William Goss reviewed the film here last year, he said "while every bit as derivative as, say, Doomsday, it also proves every bit as action-packed and entertaining. . . It's a sometimes silly, sometimes smart story that the cast sells with a straight face and minimal winks." Like good Sir Goss, I also enjoyed Doomsday's blend of action and non-ironic silliness. If you're with us, then this may be a film for you.

Anything else?

From what I can tell, Outlander isn't available to stream anywhere. It's a fairly recent release, however, so you shouldn't have a problem finding a copy at Blockbuster (assuming, of course, that you still have Blockbusters in your town).

Here's the trailer:



You have your assignment... see you on Monday!