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Valhalla Rising - 26/3/2010 5:52:15 PM   
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Breathtaking, Adult, Movie Making!!! - 26/3/2010 5:52:15 PM   
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I have the fortunate chance to live in Norway, and have an effection towards Norse mythology. However with films such as "13th Warrior", "Outlander" and the dire "Pathfinder" this intriguing concept has never been used to produce a film of decent quality...until NOW!

First dont get confused by the trailer (as most of my friends were) this is not a swords and gore epic....don't get me wrong there is a large amount of blood and a great scene when one poor chap has his stomach opened and his insides pulled out (as you do). Because infact this is a very slow film split into six chapters (similar to Kill Bill). The film starts off brutal and bleak as our (Hero) played by the impressive Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher 1 & 2 and Casino Royale) stars as 'One Eye', a mute slave who kills others for a living (again...as you do) . Basically he obtains his freedom and is followed by a boy and they come upon some Christian Soilders (now there not actually Vikings as some people think...infact the are Scottish).

'One Eye' and this bunch then go on a mission to the 'Holy Land' to spread the word of GOD...fun and games! They get lost at sea in a strange mist and end up in America, where they are overwhelmed by the nature and also the locals.

The cinematography is in a constantly bleached and in a rich deep focus. The music i perfectly created to build up the tension and also used to great effect in the latter two chapters. The performances are captivating and overall the film is a marvel in modern day cinema.

Now some people walked out of the film and some of those who stayed actually booed at the end. Now I can see that some people will not take to the film. However it left a dirty stain in the back of my head...and I like it when films do that!

Nicolas Winding Refn made his name with the brutal Pusher Trilogy and also the fantastic Bronson, however I really feel that he will never better this. Valhalla Rising is a film for people who app

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RE: Breathtaking, Adult, Movie Making!!! - 27/3/2010 3:16:39 PM   
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My God, a good Viking film you say? About time.


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- 5/5/2010 6:04:38 PM   
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has this been released in the States? I think this looks good and want to watch it. Im only giving it a four because i haven't seen it. I will change my review if i like it.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 17/5/2010 10:33:05 AM   
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I watched this last night. It made absolutely no sense whatsoever. A feeling echoed by one of the fellows on the DVD commentary.

"What did you think the first time you saw it?"
"To be honest, I didn't know what the fuck I was watching!"

True story.

I will watch it again with the commentary, which should explain everything. Hopefully.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 18/5/2010 10:50:27 PM   
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I didn't think it was as profound and thought provoking as maybe it would like to think it was (I'm guessing Tarkovsky meets Malick by some of the shots Refn uses), but I thought it made some kind if sense (without giving too much into spoiler teritory, I thought the whole thing of being absolved of ones sins by going to the 'Holy Land', goes a long way to explaining some of One Eyes actions, particularly at the end). The fact that some of the other characters in the boat seem to have only gone on the 'crusade' for the promised riches on offer is I'm guessing a tip of the hat to the Gulf War, perhaps underlined a little bit to boldly with a scene near the end where one character is found lying in oil.

While there are some ultra violent moments, the general pace is extremely slow moving, so don't go watching this if you want a modern day equivalent of The Vikings, and the fact that Mads Mikkelsen doesn't utter a word throughout the film doesn't help things when it comes to working out his motivation. While overall I prefer the Pusher trilogy by a long way, I still found this an interesting film that just about managed to stay the right side of pretentious.

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Made No Sense. - 19/5/2010 9:16:25 AM   
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When I picked up Valhalla Rising at my local rental store, I knew I had to get it out and watch it as not only it looks blood-thirsty but a interesting storyline. Boy, was I wrong. Hardly any talking, the action scenes are very small and the constant changing from day to night got on my nerves. Hell, it made no sense and the ending was terrible. Why does it need very loud music but quiet when someone tries to speak? Considering it's directed by the same man who did the brutal yet brilliant Bronson, I was expecting something that would blow me away. Shame that I hated it so. The only good things about it was the stunning scenery and a excellent turn by Mads Mikkelsen as One-Eye.

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Made No Sense. - 19/5/2010 9:16:26 AM   
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When I picked up Valhalla Rising at my local rental store, I knew I had to get it out and watch it as not only it looks blood-thirsty but a interesting storyline. Boy, was I wrong. Hardly any talking, the action scenes are very small and the constant changing from day to night got on my nerves. Hell, it made no sense and the ending was terrible. Why does it need very loud music but quiet when someone tries to speak? Considering it's directed by the same man who did the brutal yet brilliant Bronson, I was expecting something that would blow me away. Shame that I hated it so. The only good things about it was the stunning scenery and a excellent turn by Mads Mikkelsen as One-Eye.

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A thinking mans Viking film! - 24/5/2010 11:26:01 AM   
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This strange, atmospheric, haunting, slow moving Viking film will not be to everybodys taste. If your expecting brainless entertainment along the lines of 300 and 13th Warrior then steer clear as this won't be for you. It's a very well made independant film which is along the lines of Aguirre Wrath of God with a touch of The New World and Apocalpse Now. The film follows a mute character called One-Eye who starts off as a slave and ends up on a journey, accompanied by a boy, with a small group of vikings who travel to the new world. Mads Mikkelson is excellent in his mute performance as the savage warrior One-Eye. The film isn't violent and action packed throughout but the few violent scenes are very effective and quite disturbing.
A Viking film you'll either love or hate. I loved it!

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nonsensical drivel - 9/6/2010 2:38:28 PM   
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Whilst I am no fan of mindless gore gratuitous over the top action in films I and am equally no fan of self important plot free non-sensical attempts to say something meaningful in the most obtuse way possible. This film is a complete waste of 88 minutes of anyone's life and I struggle to see how it was given a 4 star rating by Empire - to say I feel cheated is an understatement!!!

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Fantastic And It Does Make Sense!! - 17/6/2010 6:17:20 PM   
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WARNING SPOILERS This is a beautifull film Im so glad this was recommended I wouldve still loved it had I discovered it and watched without recommendation. The Blockbuster guy tried to warn me against but I trust Empire. Valhalla Rising is a bit trippy, the hero it seems is gifted with a supernatural talent for death and seeing the future and the soundtrack is eery with a slow drumbeat. I dont get why people cant understand what was happening in the film when they watched it I found it was clear what was going on if you like I could draw a for anyone who was puzzled.

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- 3/11/2010 11:42:43 AM   
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Tragic.

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Unimaginative Dribble - 20/12/2010 5:29:57 AM   
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This was a terrible film on several levels. The imagery forced upon the viewer was akin to using a 7 war axe instead of a hammer to hit a nail. It attempts to force its ideas into the viewers mind in a patronising way. If it want to be discussed I don't see why so much time has to be devoted to attmempting to explain its meaning. I believe it makes no sense for a film to try and establish itself as thought provoking and throw inconsistently and badly placed scenes. images. etc. to try and convert its audience artificially. I assume the characters make no sense; I say assume because to survive to have survived beyond age 5 I would assume the band of ''warriors'' would require some level of social cohesiveness. How are we supposed to believe that blood soaked warriors heading to fight in a war are completely overwhelmed mentally by a loose raggle of men and what is really not a very strange land given they were heading to fight the ''devils messengers'' in the desert- this is only one of many inconsistincies. Besides, I watched this film expecting a lot of action; forgive me if I don't think every film should a masterpiece but it advertises itslef from the picture and the description on the box as a gladiator or 300- this disgusts me completely and erodes any defence this film had

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- 27/12/2010 4:28:39 PM   
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Deal with it

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- 10/1/2011 2:18:28 PM   
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Its really a love it or hate it kind of film
I loved it, the cinematorgraphy is stunning, and Mads Mikkelsen gives a monolithic preformance

It does drag in some places and perhaps doesnt have much to say at the end, but I still thoughrally enjoyed it

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impressive my backside - 20/1/2011 5:25:42 AM   
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boring pretentious twaddle

first act: men stand in muddy field
second act: men sit in boat
third act: men stand in another field

almost unwatchable



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Rubbish - 4/2/2011 11:21:28 PM   
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4 stars from Empire, barely 1 from me. A pointless film.

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A road to nowhere - 6/3/2011 9:12:41 AM   
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Not since Lawnmower Man has a film made me want to walk out.

I tried to like it, I genuinely did. I embraced the glacial slowness of the start which I mistook as a dramatic buildup. I appreciated the visceral violence of the film, which I felt was justified in any film portraying vikings and/or celts.

But, the film didn't speed up nor did it become engaging in any way. The script didn't generate any depth to the characters nor did it further the plot. The script, perhaps, was deliberately minimalist and I expect rather slim given that there is very little dialogue and plenty of slow pan panoramic views. Perhaps in a tourist promo for Scotland, this would be acceptable and understandable but I go to the cinema and view dvds to be entertained.

This film was an enigma, it is unclear to me what was being said. It was not breathtakingly beautiful, the use of chapters was pretentious, the characters generated no investment on the part of the viewer and the film went nowhere, achingly slowly.

This film will stay with you but possibly for all the wrong reasons.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 2:18:18 AM   
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Just watched it at my brothers house.  A bunch of vikings looking bored and depressed not saying much or doing much on land for about half an hour, then on a boat same again for half an hour or so then back on land same again for the final half an hour with equally boring, dull cinematography for the full length of the picture.  How on earth did this film require a budget of 4 million?!?!?!?  Worst film by a mile I have seen well for a long long time since Alexander.  Though I would say this film is even worse than that.  1 out of 5 at best.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 3:18:02 AM   
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I find it hard to believe that some people hate this film, although there are a lot of thick people in the world. A colossal film, easily the finest Viking film I've ever seen and one of the most well made films the last few years. 5/5

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 10:23:53 AM   
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I find it hard to believe that some people hate this film, although there are a lot of thick people in the world. A colossal film, easily the finest Viking film I've ever seen and one of the most well made films the last few years. 5/5


Just because someone does not like a film that you like (in other words just because someone disagrees with you) they are thick (?).  Hmm yeah smart answer.

I have already said why I did not like it. A bunch of vikings looking bored and depressed not saying much or doing much on land for about half an hour.  Then they look bored and depressed not saying much or doing much on a boat for the middle half an hour or so then they go back on land to look bored and despressed not sayng much and not doing much for the final boring and depressing half an hour.

Strong contender for the worst film of all time alongside the likes of Alexander and Revolver (two other strong contenders for that title).

(imho)

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 6:41:16 PM   
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Just because someone does not like a film that you like (in other words just because someone disagrees with you) they are thick (?).  Hmm yeah smart answer.


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Strong contender for the worst film of all time alongside the likes of Alexander and Revolver (two other strong contenders for that title).


Yes, comparing Valhalla Rising to Revolver is thick IMHO.


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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 7:26:46 PM   
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Just because someone does not like a film that you like (in other words just because someone disagrees with you) they are thick (?).  Hmm yeah smart answer.


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Strong contender for the worst film of all time alongside the likes of Alexander and Revolver (two other strong contenders for that title).


Yes, comparing Valhalla Rising to Revolver is thick IMHO.



Just stating 2 films I dislike.  I think it is perfectly reasonable to put 2 completely different films in the awful / boring / cr*p / worst films of all time generic category.  They do not have to be like for like.

Valhalla Rising and Revolver definitely both fit into that category.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 8:56:00 PM   
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Strong contender for the worst film of all time alongside the likes of Alexander and Revolver (two other strong contenders for that title).

(imho)



You really need to watch more films...





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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 9:01:32 PM   
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Strong contender for the worst film of all time alongside the likes of Alexander and Revolver (two other strong contenders for that title).

(imho)



You really need to watch more films...






I have seen my fair share of films over the years and Valhalla Rising was that bad imho.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 9:11:02 PM   
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No seriously, it is not. Most hated I can understand, but it is far away from worst film ever, not when Mads Mikkelsen is in the lead.  

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 22/5/2011 10:23:48 PM   
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No seriously, it is not. Most hated I can understand, but it is far away from worst film ever, not when Mads Mikkelsen is in the lead.  


Well ok worst film ever is an overreaction (especially since I have not seen all the films in the world so cannot say that) but I do know that for me personally I cannot think of a more boring film experience than I had watching Valhalla Rising.  I do not blame the actors though.  I thought the acting was decent enough and yes Mads Mikkelsen is a great actor.

But (stating the obvious) a great, talented lead does not always make a great film and this film was boring in the extreme imho but each to their own.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 23/5/2011 1:01:54 AM   
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MUCH BETTER

(personally I thought it was ok, trying too hard sometimes but it kept me hooked)


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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 23/5/2011 1:26:14 AM   
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Personally its one of the best films I saw last year and I'm going to make a point of getting the BD soon as. TRSMMaiden, I think you should watch it again, then watch Street Fighter and Big Mommas House 2 and then say its the worst film ever.

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RE: Valhalla Rising - 1 out of 5 - awful - 11/6/2011 10:16:23 AM   
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Loved this film. When I first saw it on the big screen I was totally blown away. I've watched it a couple of times on Blu-Ray and it hasn't changed my opinion. Sit back, turn up the volume and soak up the visuals and sound. There may not be a cohesive plot to speak of but I think the film is aiming to provide more of a tone or mood than a conventional tale. It's not for everybody but personally I find it rewarding to tune into the film and just let it play out.

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