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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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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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Mads Mikkelsen's prosthetic eye is actually modeled on the one that Kirk Douglas wore in The Vikings (1958). See more »

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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

Eirik: God brought us out of that mist for a reason. We claim this land in His name.
Kare: How do we do that? We're half starved. Three men dead, one missing.
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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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References El Topo (1970) See more »

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Style over substance
20 July 2010 | by 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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