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
The costume designer traveled to several cities and countries, buying fabric and studying frescoes and museum in China, India, Helsinki, Riga, Novgorod, Stockholm, and Minsk. See more »
It is mentioned that the marriage between Anna and the German Emperor, in this case Emperor Otto III of the Holy Roman Empire, was refused. But in real life she actually was promised. It was taken away from him by Czar Vladimir I of Kiev during the bloody fight for the Christian believe around Korsun'. See more »
Not Terrible, but certainly Not Engaging from a story or Entertainment value. It was like there was No script and they said just go... No Soul, No Charisma with Cast- scenery was great though- 2D characters and small Russian actors make for an undeveloped buy-in for viewer. Being a Viking fan, it's worth a watch for there is not much to choose from in this genre. But I think I nailed it at around a 6.5 for 90 percent of viewers. Lots of low key talk, no big scenes or battles, and no character to really root for or against. I like the effort, but it never really drew me in. Check it out if you got 2 ½ hours, and have seen all other Vikings, Arn, etc...
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