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Valhalla Rising (2009)

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1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Morton ...
Stewart Porter ...
Maarten Stevenson ...
Malkolm - Pagan (as Mathew Zajac)
Gordon Brown ...
Gary McCormack ...
Andrew Flanagan ...
James Ramsey ...
Ewan Stewart ...
Rony Bridges ...
Robert Harrison ...
Roger - Christian Viking
Andy Nicolson ...
Christian Viking


1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Buđenje Valhale  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,905 (USA) (16 July 2010)


$17,546 (USA) (23 July 2010)

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Did You Know?


Nicolas Winding Refn cites El Topo (1970) as another influence on this film. See more »


The closing credit for "Technical Support" has a typo error "Techincal". See more »


Eirik: I am going to show them that a man of God has arrived.
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Crazy Credits

"In the beginning there was only man and nature. Men came bearing crosses and drove the heathen to the fringes of the earth." See more »


Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Valhalla Rising (2010) See more »

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Style over substance
20 July 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When I heard there was going to be a Viking movie with Mads Mikkelson, and I saw the trailer for it, I was very very intrigued. I am of the opinion that a serious Viking drama has never been done well or respectfully, so I was really hoping that I might get that here.

Unfortunately, the plot of Vallhalla Rising is so shallow and near meaningless that I must admit that I'm still waiting.

That being said, if judged in terms of cinematic and visual experience, it was beautifully shot, and the much vaunted fights scenes (especially the ones in the beginning) were awesome in their brutality. The director sets great scenes in some awesome locations, so your eyes will be in for a treat... but don't expect riveting plot. Rather, think of this as an arts movie with a bit of brutal violence in it.

Hell, I just wished they named the movie better. The fact these characters are Norse is just about irrelevant... they could have plugged a number of different cultures into this story-line, change a few slight details and the difference to the core story would have been negligible. Way to name a movie Valhalla Rising' simply because otherwise the idea that there are Vikings in this movie is not reinforced heavily enough.

So, watch if you want a artsy visual experience... don't sit down with a bunch of friends expecting a action blockbuster. This is not it.

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