Valhalla Rising

2009

Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / History

160
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6 10 49972

Synopsis


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Cast

Mads Mikkelsen as One Eye
Gary Lewis as Kare - Christian Viking
Jamie Sives as Gorm - Christian Viking
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by eferoth 7 / 10

Well worth a watch!

Trite title, I know.

Didn't even want to write a review after reading the others, too many there already, but this movie seems to attract extreme views, like 1/10 and 10/10. It is and doesn't deserve neither. This movie needs a bit more measure I think, so here I am trying that. Sorry for the prologue.

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This is a movie about an unstoppable Viking murder machine (Mikkelsen) vs everyone and everthing that dares stand in his way.

Sort of, but not really.

I only recently got aquainted with this director via Neon Demon and Drive. Having seen and loved those, Valhalla Rising is right up my alley.

Trying to keep this semi-short and spoiler free.. If you like moody arthouse films, you'll probably like this. If you like the two Refn movies mentioned above you'll probably like this. If you like The Revenant, you'll probably like this.

If any of this rings true, just go watch it and form your own opinion.

This movie breathes atmosphere, gives the viewer room to ponder and think, and it never gives any clear answers to any of the questions it raises. It's meant to be thought about while and after, but (as with religion... hinthint) no matter how much you think, no answer will be the one true one, If that's not your thing, don't watch.

Here's the dreaded word: Pretentious. The more movies like this I see and the more reviews mentioning that word as a negative I read, the more it loses its meaning. Too often it is used as meaning "didn't get it", "boring", "too artsy", "slow paced". This movie isn't pretentious, it is neither of the above except, arguably, slow paced. Arguably because it needs that pace. It takes the time it needs. It accomplishes it's goal to get you to think, to give you the time to do so, to interpret and reinterpret while watching.

In my honest opinion, there's not a dull moment in this movie. Every montage of silence and fog and nature and madness in here gives the viewer the time to ponder what came before, what might come after and how the Norse and Christian mythos plays into all of it, influencing its protagonists, while all the while creating its own Myth facing something entirely different, challenging inherent views of life and morality in the face of The Other. These breathing rooms are necessary for this movie... admittedly, as well as a certain amount of religious foreknowledge.

Yes the plot of this film could be summed up in one sentence, I did so above, but so could every other movie. It needs a greater movie to speak beyond that one sentence.

This one does.

If at all interested in the premise, give it a try.

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Technicalities:

Mikkelsen delivers a deliberate stoic performance and it's an excellently perfect fit here, so is the boys. Side Characters do their job just fine. Cinematography is pretty great bordering on amazing. Soundtrack is a sometimes dissonantly, always hauntingly fitting metal pleasure. "Plot" is mostly nonexistent/ derivative, but nothing more than what is needed. Movie turns pretty graphic every once in a while, so be warned.

Reviewed by hustlershah 8 / 10

splendid

To much violence still very very very under rated this movie is way better then at least 99% movies which are being made in hollywood now dayz..........

Reviewed by Reg Repas 3 / 10

Unwatchable

Between the pace and the "noise" its like having a screw slowly turned into your skull. I hope the director will be merciful and never attempt this again.

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