The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads... See full summary »
A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged, while Beowulf, a victorious soldier in his own right, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth rising up around his exploits. Beowulf's willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll's rampages than was first apparent. As a soldier, Beowulf is unaccustomed to hesitating. His relationship with the mesmerizing witch, Selma, creates deeper confusion. Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. The story is set in barbarous Northern Europe where the reign... Written by
I saw this fascinating bit of cinema at the "Vancouver International Film Festival", and I have to say that I was impressed.
Not only was the filming location simply breath-taking, but the whole film seemed to capture the essence of the primitive time and it's people. A fine achievement in cinematography, wonderfully bereft of CGI. One can tell that the director and the actors put their whole heart's and soul's into this memorable work.
The classical tale of "Beowulf" can be a bit of a dry read, especially in it's original form of Old English. I found this movie to be a refreshing retelling of the original piece, with a much more human element added. The background of Grendel is thoroughly explored and the character of Beowulf is flushed out, so that he is no longer a one dimensional character as in the writings.
Good or Evil. Black or White or Shades of Grey? The movie delves into the eternal question of who is our foe and why do we fight? It is a very important question to ask and to ask often, especially in this modern day.
I am hopeful that this movie will see distribution, not only in Canada but in the US and other countries. With all the mindless drivel being released as of late, a thoughtful and well executed movie would be sheer delight to behold.
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