King Higlack of the Gauths entrusts prince Finn and a fire ball weapon to his champion, slayer Beowulf. They lead twelve men on a mission to help king Hrothgar of the Danes, whose once ... See full summary »
Michael J. Minor
A romanced story of Attila the Hun (Gerard Butler), from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist, and lover and the movie ... See full summary »
A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in fourteenth century France before they can escape back to the twenty-first century.
When Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson set upon Iceland to film Beowulf & Grendel in 2004, they expected the usual complication involved in making a movie, but what they encountered made ... See full summary »
Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
Andrew Rai Berzins,
In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free.
Beowulf returns to his homeland of Herot in the Shieldlands to pay his respects to deceased king Hrothgar (William Hurt). But past jealousies mean Beowulf gets a frosty welcome, especially ... See full summary »
The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Heads will roll. 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 ...Written by
This is a correction regarding the storyline of "The 13th Warrior". That particular film, (in it's finished state), had *nothing* to do with Beowulf or Grendel as neither of those characters were even referenced in "The 13th Warrior". However, Tony Curran, a Scotsman, was again playing a Viking style role. He did quite well. See more »
While the Daneland portrayed in the movie has many mountains, cliffs and rocks, the real Denmark does not. Denmark has no rock formations, and very few steep cliffs. See more »
I'm sorry, we didn't mean to wake you
Wake me? I'm a grief-crippled king half drunk in the middle of the afternoon, what is there to wake?
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This version of Beowulf & Grendel doesn't stay true to the epic poem, if you want that version see the animated feature. This version instead try's to de-construct the poem into a realistic mainly non fantastical movie. There are no real villains in this film. just people trying to conquer their fear and ignorance. Grendel is depicted as the last of his race. A sad ,confused and ultimately wronged creature out for revenge but also capable of pathos and even shows signs of a sly sense of humour.
The cinematography is absolutely astounding the use of natural light really adds another dimension to this film. I would have to say it is the most beautifully shot film of the last 20 years.
As for the acting Gerard Butler gives another excellent performance as the world wiry Beowulf as dose Stellan Skarsgård as the king trying to come to term with his past and conscious. Only the slightly miss cast Sarah Polley lets the acting stakes down a little. Her character seems somewhat out of place in this film. but this is only a small gripe. I would recommend this version of Beowulf & Grendel to those who like their historical films to have a more realistic edge.
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