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Valhalla Rising

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6.11 h 29 min201015
For years, the fearsome figure known only as One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen) has defeated everyone he's encountered, but he's treated more like an animal than a warrior. Constantly caged and shackled, One Eye has drawn the attention of a new force now sweeping the countryside and displacing the society's leaders: Christians.
Directors
Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring
Mads MikkelsenMaarten StevensonAlexander Morton
Genres
Science FictionAction
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Gary Lewis
Studio
Vertigo Films
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3.8 out of 5 stars

986 global ratings

  1. 50% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 14% of reviews have 1 stars
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T. PetcherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Slow, atmospheric, bleak and boring.
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I didn't much care for this film, and was shrugging my shoulders by the end of it. It is low budget, the main character does not talk, which makes the film feel quite alienating, along with the setting in a windswept rocky places and foggy weather. (filmed in a remote part of Scotland).

It is brutal, like we imagine life was in earlier times. It has some interesting symbology, but I can't tell you what it was about really, other than showing you the brutal and crazy side of humanity.
G. WurrReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great
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Mads at his smouldering best. The story is really intriguing and holds the film together. It could have been a disaster with such limited dialogue. The acting is good too, if you are looking for a blockbuster with all the normal accompaniments look elsewhere. This has some good historical relevance, particularly to those whose still venerate Columbus as the founding father!
Charles VaseyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 October 2010
2.0 out of 5 stars
Home before the Leifs fall
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Is this film a mood meditation on violence or an overblown piece of self-admiring art house fluff? I think the answer must (unhelpfully) be yes to both parts. One can see where it is going geographically long before it gets there (well you can if you have read your sagas) and I suspect much the same for the fate of our travelling men and the rather strange introduction of christianity as a hate totem. The final appearance of the Skraelings was greeted as an opportunity to end what had otherwise drifting towards becoming a shoot for Vogue without the models. As befits a mood piece the photography and sound were well constructed though the wee lad's dialect may defeat some listeners.

At times one saw bits of other, in my view better, art house films hovering over the process. As an observation of what being a viking meant it had its moments. Beowulf & Grendel is a better piece of viking film I think and just as bleak. However, one moment does stick and sticks firmly, the pile of burning bodies and the captured women neatly encapsulating a time when it really was grim oop north.

However, the short piece on the making of the film opening with a dreadful yah phoning mummy to say she'd got the job as director's assistant ("Yeah, great") and the director telling us what a wacky chappy he was lead me towards the overblown conclusion. Self love may the sincerest form of love but it is not the most analytical or the wisest to reveal
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Alwin BoonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Oppressive atmosphere
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A movie with an ongoing tension. You never know what is going to happen. The stilled images, close ups of grim, bearded faces and the beautiful, but dim nature of Scotland all take care of an atmospheric (and sometimes violent) film. Though all in all a slow movie, with not much deepening and a simpel plot (a journey with obstacles), it nevertheless keeps you glued to the screen!
Alwin
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Rising
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I have seen a lot better and more exciting. I did watch all the way through. But it never warmed up instead of rising it sank
kellyjane074Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Probably not suitable for watching with your nan
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Last half I found quite slow but the earlier action scenes are brutally well done! You can tell it's relatibely low budget but is quite atmospheric.
Trevor RobinsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watchable movie
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Very unique but thought provoking movie definitely deserves a second view.
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peter crispReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
valhalla rising dvd
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brilliant film if you like this type
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