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Film Review: ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’

Riding the coattails of various, mostly smallscreen medieval-combat chronicles, the English-language multinational production “Northmen: A Viking Saga” brings straightforward vigor to an uninventive but diverting tale of Norse warriors shipwrecked on hostile shores. There are no novel slants or plot twists in the script (by Austrian screen/genre-fiction writing duo Bastian Zach and Matthias Bauer) to render this bloody ninth-century adventure truly memorable. But helmer Claudio Fah’s pacey handling, a creditable if not especially starry cast (duly recruited mostly from hit cable skeins), and handsome locations (South Africa primarily filling in for Scotland) make it a respectable B-actioner. Having rolled out in various territories since October 2014, it opens July 31 at Arena Cinema in Los Angeles. U.S. theatrical prospects will be modest, improved upon by Aug. 11 VOD launch and subsequent distribution to other home formats.

A violent squall parts a band of Viking men from their seafaring vessel; those
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‘Northmen’ DVD Review

Stars: Ed Skrein, Ryan Kwanten, James Norton, Tom Hopper, Charlie Murphy, Leo Gregory, Ken Duken, Anatole Taubman, Johan Hegg, Danny Keogh, Nic Rasenti, Darrell D’Silva, Joe Vaz, Richard Lothian, Daniel Janks | Written by Bastian Zach, Matthias Bauer | Directed by Claudio Fäh

Washed up on an unknown shore after being caught in a storm, a band of Vikings manage to find a hostage and cross into enemy lines with thoughts of gold and safe passage. However, they soon find themselves hunted for their prize and a panicked race begins. The losers will pay with their lives.

Northmen is about a group of Vikings, some who have a Viking-y accent, others (like the main man, Asbjorn) who are surprisingly English. Trapped in Scotland (the horror!), they find themselves a Princess they take hostage (she has a Scottish accent, which is handy). Thus begins an epic journey across Scotland (the horror!) to
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 ‘Invictus’ Chicago Passes With Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman

Chicago – In our latest biography/sports edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Invictus” from director Clint Eastwood with Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman!

Invictus” also stars Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Penny Downie, Bonnie Henna, Shakes Myeko, Louis Minnaar and Danny Keogh. The film opens on Dec. 11, 2009.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Invictus” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our trivia question below. That’s it! This screening will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

Invictus” from director Clint Eastwood stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

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Here is the “Invictus” plot description:

From director Clint Eastwood,
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New “Invictus” Photos

Our Movie Photo Gallery has been updated with new photos from “Invictus,” starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. You can check out bigger versions of each by clicking them below.

Director Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon on the set of Invictus

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Invictus” hits theaters on December 11 in limited release.

Leleti Khumalo as Mary, Adjoa Andoh as Brenda Mazibuko, Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Danny Keogh as the Rugby President in Invictus

Matt Damon
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