Mads Mikkelsen is the dreaded Viking One-Eye, a warrior who is driven by a deep hatred, the only thing that causes him to not go under. For years, the fearsome Viking One-Eye, a mute warrior that has spread fear far and wide for their supernatural powers held prisoner by the chieftain Barde. With the help of Are, a courageous slave boy, manages to One-Eye slay his captors and escape. The two take refuge in a Viking ship on the way to Jerusalem, with God's own soldiers. Together with Are he begins a journey into the heart of darkness. The ship soon swallowed up by the immense and dense fog, and when it finally clears, they see an unknown land ahead. This new land is found to be so far from paradise as you can get and crew may soon face a terrible and bloody fate. These momentous events, One-Eye to discover his true self.
Original Title: Valhalla Rising
Text: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish
Audio: DTS HD (English)
Bild: 1080p High Definition Widescreen 2.35:1
Format: Region B
Origin: Sweden (Denmark)
- Making of
- Directors Commentary
Length: 88 min
TV system: PAL
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
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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.
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