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Director's Gallery: Valhalla Rising
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"A lot of the influences of One-Eye came out of Snake Plissken. One-Eye was very much built around all mythological heroes from the gunslinger to the samurai. He's a spirit, he comes from nature: he starts as a slave in a cage and he escapes and becomes a warrior. The good thing about Mads is that he looks a bit like an Indian: he has high cheek bones and looks very un-Scandinavian, so he looks like an alien to [the Vikings]. It was actually Mads who suggested he should have one eye."

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1 What happened?
Posted on Friday April 23, 2010, 22:46 by Incumbent
I guess Le Chiffre should have had a doctor examine that eye. Read More

2 RE: This lad sounds like an up his own arse gobshite
Posted on Friday April 23, 2010, 09:39 by Cat_Corportation
It pains me to say it, but you're sort of right. I saw this at the London Film Festival last year, and was massively excited - I'm a huge Mads Mikkelsen fan and have a career connection with the Vikings, shall we say. Finally, a proper Scandinavian Viking movie, starring my favourite actor! I wanted so much to like it, but in my opinion it was pretty bad. Purposefully incoherent most of the time, maybe some would consider it 'arty' but after some brilliant, brutal action at the beginning, it just stagnated into a lot of staring, speaking slowly between huge pauses; basically, self-indulgent mooning about. There was a lot of unintentional laughter at my screening, and about half a dozen people walked out before the end. The longship scene, which Refn raves about in these pictures, is probably the worst part; if a Viking longboat is so iconic, why shroud it in so much fog that you can't see it? And it really, *really* looks like it was shot in a warehouse (hence the fog...). On the plusRead More

3 This lad sounds like an up his own arse gobshite
Posted on Thursday April 22, 2010, 13:03 by shanewire
Tenner says the movie's a piece of crap. It'll get a three star review, it'll deserve two. Read More


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