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Valhalla Rising

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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One Eye is a chained prisoner forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of his captors. When One Eye escapes, he stumbles upon a group of warriors headed to the Crusades. But fate has something else in store, as the men drift into the New World, where savages stalk them one by one in increasingly violent ways. Is One Eye an avenging angel or just the guiltiest of them all?
Title: Valhalla rising
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : IFC Films, 2010
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: IFC films & Nicolas Winding Refn present ; a Nimbus Film production ; produced by Johnny Andersen, Bo Ehrhardt, Henrik Danstrup ; written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Roy Jacobsen ; directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: trailer
DVD release of the 2009 motion picture
Summary: One Eye is a chained prisoner forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of his captors. When One Eye escapes, he stumbles upon a group of warriors headed to the Crusades. But fate has something else in store, as the men drift into the New World, where savages stalk them one by one in increasingly violent ways. Is One Eye an avenging angel or just the guiltiest of them all?
ISBN: 9780788610875
0788610872
Branch Call Number: DVD Action VALHALLA
Credits: Music, Peter Peter Schneiderman, Peter Kyed ; editing, Mat Newman ; director of photography, Morten Søborg.
Performers: Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sieves, Gordon Brown, Andrew Flanagan, Gary Lewis, Gary McCormack, Alexander Morton, Ewan Stewart, Matthew Zajac.
System Details: DVD ; anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround
Other Language: In English, with optional English SDH or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Vikings Drama Gladiators Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Action and adventure films
Feature films
Topical Term: Vikings
Gladiators
Publisher No: IFC9758 IFC Films
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A decidedly more masculine and metaphorical version of the journey to Vinland. Brutal yet beautiful.


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Jun 24, 2014
  • Janice21383 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mads Mikkelsen may have a "thing" for eyes. He was the villain in Casino Royale, with one brown and one blue eye. Here, he is the one-eyed, silent warrior, chained and forced to fight in an unpopulated wilderness. (Wouldn't you think, if you owned your own mixed martial artist, you would show him off to your friends, not to mention the l-l-l-ladies?) At length, he escapes and joins a band of would-be Crusaders. But rather than going to the Holy Land, they end up in New Brunswick or someplace. New Brunswick, despite being repeatedly described as "hell", looks quite nice. This does not prevent the enterprise from going even more awry. On the plus side, the action scenes are first-rate, and Mr. Mikkelsen is a fine figure of a man. Too existential for fans of Mel Gibson-style torture porn.

Jan 09, 2014
  • ptv023 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are looking for a straight up action film, look elsewhere. I imagine if Herzog made a Viking epic it would be very similar to this. Mikkelsen is incredible as the mute "One Eye" and there is just the right balance of tension, atmosphere and philosophy. A+

Starts off first - 20 30 minutes are good action film. Different -looks like it could be great and the film becomes a search for meaning---boring, aimless, straddling two worlds -disappointing in the end.

Apr 30, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Don’t take me wrong, I love Mads Mikkelsen; he was very good at Casino Royale, King Arthur and Clash of the Titans, but this movie is pure trash. Although I was not expecting a quick-paced, Hollywood-style action movie, I found it excruciatingly, unbelievably slow—it reminded me of Bergman's silly drivel! The gruesome, senseless violence in this movie was shocking. It is even more gruesome and bloody than the new version of Spartacus. In one of the many violent scenes, One Eye beats the brain out of his opponent—literally. This is the kind of movie I regret even getting from the library; and although some may call it "existential," I call it a waste of time. Instead of this movie, I’d suggest “Black Death,” with Sean Bean, one of my favorite actor. (I'd be curious to see a list of MG "porn" movies...)

Apr 24, 2013
  • Expendable rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Very bad. I didn't finish the movie. I would describe it as a mute one-eyed viking guy going on the worst adventure possible with a bunch of dumb God-men.

Feb 06, 2013
  • hgibbins rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Likely a very realistically portrayed movie on how Vikings lived, but also extremely violent. Outside of this it was an interesting movie, but very surreal. The fact that the lead actor Mads Mikkelsen) doesn't speak during the entire film is rather interesting as well.

Jan 28, 2013
  • Mike117 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wonder how many watch this and see themselves or want to?
Change the axe for a gun and drugs for redemption and this is just a look at what some in society want to become.
You don't even need a gun. Power over others will do.
What name would you chose for your gang?

Jan 28, 2013
  • Cannes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stark. There are some brutal kills in this one so probably not for women or children. Follows a one eyed slave who is a prizefighter of sorts for a Viking Cheiftan. They are followers of the Red Christ. When One Eye escapes his captors he falls in with a group of Christians who are headed to the holy land to plunder. The cheif of the Christians is bent on doing the lords work but his men are mostly in it for the plunder (this reversion was common). This film is very stark similar to 2001. It profiles the Christians who at the time were conducting a Genocide against the European people, a slave, and the fading Vikings. If you are looking for Hollywood explosions and pablum this is not for you. If you have some interest and background of Northern Europe it will make more sense.

Dec 25, 2012
  • neonkc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

mm good

This movie had so much epic potential too. Thanks for the heads up.

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Feb 06, 2013
  • hgibbins rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Oct 01, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self.

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Feb 06, 2013
  • hgibbins rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: Graphic / gory violence including decapitation, strangulation, gutting, organ (intestinal) removal.

Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Sep 04, 2011
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Eirik: Where douse he come from?
Are: He was brought up from hell...
Eirik: And where is this hell?
Are: On the other side of the ocean.

Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Eirik: God brought us out of that mist for a reason. We claim this land in His name.
Kare: How do we do that? We're half starved. Three men dead, one missing.

Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Eirik: I am going to show them that a man of God has arrived.

Sep 25, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Viking chief: He's never belonged to anyone for more than 5 years, your time has passed, mine has come.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • Janice21383 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mads explains Valhalla Rising

...and almost succeeds!

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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