Valhalla Rising

DVD - 2010
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Valhalla Rising
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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?

Publisher: [United States] : IFC Films, 2010
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 0788610872
9780788610875
Branch Call Number: DVD Action VALHALLA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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A decidedly more masculine and metaphorical version of the journey to Vinland. Brutal yet beautiful.


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Mar 20, 2015
  • 0cho rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Like Green_Bird said, that is the only reason why I even thought of watching this movie. Just awful! I fast forwarded most of the movie. The lack of dialog in this movie makes it so slow that you would rather watch paint dry. Don’t bother.

Dec 05, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I'm a big fan of Mads Mikkelsen, but....

Nov 28, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointing.
Starts out promising Action Violence Epic Journey,..
and then goes all Art House 'mysteriously meaningful' (and tediously slow).

I'm suprised that some critics still fall for this sort of thing !

Oct 05, 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 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. ETA: if you don't mind being spoiled, listen to MM's explanation (posted on Videos). If you don't believe it, you may want to believe it.

Jul 29, 2014
  • kitatbro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting and weird movie. Throughout it, I wondered who One Eye was. Is he a bad guy, a misunderstood guy, a savior? I'm a big Mads Mikkelsen fan, which is why I watched this movie. He doesn't speak a word but his expressions tell all.

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+

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?

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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.

Aug 15, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Brutal, violent scenes.

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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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Aug 15, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 13, 2011

mexicanadiense thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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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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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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