Kievan Rus, late 10th century. After the death of his father, Svyatoslav I, ruler of Kievan Rus, the young Viking prince Vladimir of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovsky) is forced into exile across the frozen sea to escape his treacherous half-brother Yaropolk (Aleksandr Ustyugov), who has murdered his other brother Oleg (Kirill Pletnyov) and conquered the Viking territory of Kievan Rus. The old warrior Sveneld (Maksim Sukhanov) convinces Vladimir to assemble a Varangian armada, hoping to reconquer Novgorod from Yaropolk and ultimately face the mighty Byzantine forces.Written by
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Total waste of 2 hours of my lifetime + couple of brain cells dead of boredom
After watching the whole movie in cinema, I couldn't really understand what has the title in common with the movie itself. Neither history, nor drama, this movie is a total mess of illogical actions and was scenes. A bunch of bearded Slavonic men screaming out loud and struggling with obviously fake weapon, having no philosophy, moral or logical basement in their head. So what? is it enough to be called viking? Is it enough to make a movie? My biggest problem was not the fact that nothing in the movie looked realistic or solid: the weapons, helmets and ships taken from various historical and cultural environment. I am not too mad about the fact, that I don't believe the dialogues and speech 10 centuries ago were the same as I hear on contemporary Russian streets. But to have no solid and logical story-line and no any well defined character who is conscious enough ... in a 133 minute-long movie? That's totally insane. Sorry, but no more nowadays Russian filmography!
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