A thousand years ago. One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen), an enigmatic, mute warrior-slave, is freed from captivity and falls in with a party of Christian Vikings who set out for the Holy Land but cross the wrong sea and reach America, where they are overwhelmed by the vast land and its potentially hostile inhabitants.
Valhalla Rising gets into your mind and stays there. You can argue what, if anything, it’s trying to say, but it is impressive cinema.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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