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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... One Eye
Alexander Morton ... Barde - Pagan
Stewart Porter Stewart Porter ... Kenneth - Pagan
Maarten Stevenson ... The Boy - Pagan
Matthew Zajac ... Malkolm - Pagan (as Mathew Zajac)
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ... Hagen - Christian Viking
Gary McCormack Gary McCormack ... Hauk - Christian Viking
Andrew Flanagan Andrew Flanagan ... Gudmond - Christian Viking
James Ramsey James Ramsey ... Gudmund - Christian Viking
Gary Lewis ... Kare - Christian Viking
Jamie Sives ... Gorm - Christian Viking
Ewan Stewart ... Eirik - Christian Viking
Rony Bridges Rony Bridges ... Magnus - Christian Viking
Robert Harrison Robert Harrison ... Roger - Christian Viking
Andy Nicolson Andy Nicolson ... Christian Viking
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Storyline

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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Denmark | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2010 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Buđenje Valhale See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

£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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Winding Refn freely admitted that he had no interest in Vikings. See more »

Goofs

When 'One Eye' is carrying Bardes decapitated head the headband on it is white in color, but when he puts it on the spike it's black. See more »

Quotes

Viking chief: He's never belonged to anyone for more than 5 years, your time has passed, mine has come.
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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 »

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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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True masterpiece, a work of art. Deep and raw...
28 August 2010 | by Hugo FrançaSee all my reviews

This is what i call cinema at it's true and pure essence. This movie is raw, intense and beautiful. It focuses on the human nature, throws some great concepts from Nietzsche and adds a primal yet substantial ideology on how we are connected to nature. It reminds me of Apocalypse Now and how the journey moves on. Excellent cinematography and atmosphere. It really took me into the movie and made me enjoy every single second of it.

I've read some bad reviews and seen some negative ratings on this one, and i totally understand why. This movie caught a lot of attentions because of it's title, being English spoken and also because of the trailer, but sadly it ended up in the hands of some action-popcorn-thirsty-kids. Please go see Lord of the Rings and leave the ratings to those who seek a deep and philosophical movie. I'm not an intellectual freak and i love Lord of the Rings and other blockbusters but to those not familiar with Tarkovsky, Fellini, Bertolucci or even Leone will surely dislike this movie and not be able to see it till the very end.

The soundtrack is amazingly rich and original, the visuals are stunning, the story is simple yet deep and meaningful. I would say this is a cult movie and a must see, one of the best movies ever.


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