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Brilliant - 11/6/2011 4:44:41 PM   


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Glad this film is getting some respect here, thanks Spaldron

Watched it again after my intital review and enjoyed it even more. Visually stunning, and Mads M dominates every scene he's in without saying a word

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RE: Brilliant - 11/6/2011 6:31:02 PM   

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Glad this film is getting some respect here, thanks Spaldron

Watched it again after my intital review and enjoyed it even more. Visually stunning, and Mads M dominates every scene he's in without saying a word

No probs, happy to big up an awesome moviefilm.


And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
And I looked and behold, a pale horse
And his name that sat on him was Death
And Hell followed with him.

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- 16/9/2011 6:08:29 PM   
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A brooding, atmospheric and slow-burning Viking drama, alive with intensity. Mads Mikkelsen is excellent in the lead, silent and still throughout but with a savagery lurking just beneath the surface which occasionally erupts into brief, abrupt, brutal violence. This is a film told in the stunning, haunting and foreboding visuals – the entireity of the dialogue would last about five pages – and it's far from an action movie. Excellent stuff.

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Hmm, could do better - 26/9/2011 10:51:42 AM   
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To be honest, this isn't normally my sort of film - lots of brooding shots of people not saying very much and not much of a story either. However, what really spoiled it for me were the unnecessary plot holes. For example, Mads M is supposed to be this fantastic fighter and yet survives (looking pretty good I have to say) on what appears to be a teaspoon of gruel a day. If that's all the boy gives him, why does he take it up the hill in a HUGE, obviously heavy bucket? Also, the men in the film take days and days to travel and yet their beards never grow any longer - don't tell me they're carefully shaving every day! The biggest shock was that the boat they'd spend days in the doldrums in suddenly 'sprouted' oars - why the hell didn't they use them earlier?

These, in my view, spoiled the film to the extent that the rest of it just became a labour of the love of Scottish scenery (even when it was pretending to be somewhere else) to get to the end. Sorry for those who loved it, but sloppy directing methinks.

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Valhalla Sinking - 11/10/2011 9:44:23 PM   


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What a painful watch this film is, a few scenes of graphic violence and some well filmed scenery is all there is to look forward to. It must have been a love letter from the director to some norse mythology, but to everyone else its just plain boring.

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- 27/12/2011 12:56:58 AM   


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didnt know until i read this that they were in america, i honestly thought they were in hell.great movie but definitely a struggle to get through

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woe, woe and triple woe... - 19/2/2012 10:37:49 PM   


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Oh my god...the dvd of this film which was released remarkably soon after its release (what does that tell you?) is currently doing the rounds because everyone needs to see what is...that's 'is'...the worst film in cinematic history, past, present and future. This is completely bonkers from grim, grey and boggy beginning, through the indecipherably grim, grey, boggy and foggy pilgrimage to god knows previous reviewers figure out its america and not the holy land is quite the illogical leap...and finally to a grim, not quite as grey, boggy or foggy land but still scottish looking land, inhabited by a feral people, not unlike from King Kong, who then kill everyone to the last man. There is no rhyme, rhythm or reason for the existence of this (ahem) film. It is quite simply without redeeming feature from start to finish, and what the Casino Royale bloody tears man is doing in it is as baffling as his muted performance. Can I get a role where I get paid to be dirty and Money for old rope...which as it happens just about sums up the quality of this twaddle. Watch this only as a means to judge how every other bad film you have seen shines in comparison.

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bad - 11/9/2012 8:16:12 AM   


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Worst film ever. Even worse than Solaris. Avoid at all cost. No stars at all for this.

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brilliant - 24/1/2015 6:36:11 PM   


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It's not a masterpiece but it is a very good film about the idiocy of religion

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