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Valhalla Rising (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 31 March 2010 (Denmark)
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Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.
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Stewart Porter ...
Kenneth - Pagan
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Malkolm - Pagan (as Mathew Zajac)
Gordon Brown ...
Hagen - Christian Viking
Gary McCormack ...
Hauk - Christian Viking
Andrew Flanagan ...
Gudmond - Christian Viking
James Ramsey ...
Gudmund - Christian Viking
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Gorm - Christian Viking
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Rony Bridges ...
Magnus - Christian Viking
Robert Harrison ...
Roger - Christian Viking
Andy Nicolson ...
Christian Viking
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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 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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Buđenje Valhale  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,905, 18 July 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,546, 25 July 2010
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Nicolas Winding Refn cites El Topo (1970) as another influence on this film. See more »

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When the General stabs the Priest in the back, his dagger and sword have changed hands when the shot switches to behind the General. See more »

Quotes

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

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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #8.37 (2011) See more »

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It's...confusing
19 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Know this...if you saw the title of this movie and immediately imagined an epic battle between Thor and...ummm...someone, you were wrong. Oh boy, were you wrong. The fact of the matter is that this movie is much less Iron Man action flick and much more semi-pretentious art-house flick. It's slow. VERY slow. There's not much in the way of dialog or even plot. It's basically just a group of guys wandering around lost having very disjointed conversations. Seriously...that's about it. Oh...and one of the guys never talks so those conversations just got even more limited.

That being said, the movie isn't without it charms. The cinematography is excellent. Pretty much any wide shot or establishing shot is pretty damn beautiful (even if it's a green screen). Parts of the movie are intriguing, or at least just enough to make you (well...me at least) keep watching.

In the end, for me it kind of leaned towards being a bit boring. I mean...hardly anything happens. Take away all of those long wide shots, as good as they look, and take away all of the parts where people are just sitting around not saying anything and you've got a movie that's maybe 30 minutes long. So as much as I wanted to like it, there's not a whole lot of it to like in terms of plot and dialog. And much of what is there is kind of poorly put together or just plain confusing. All in all it's definitely a movie that would play well on an HDTV with a Blu Ray player for the great visuals, but aside from that kind of falls flat on it's face in most other respects.


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