Valhalla Rising 2010 NR CC

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A savage one-eyed Viking warrior and a young runaway embark on a dangerous odyssey, in this action packed epic.

Starring:
Andrew Flanagan, Mads Mikkelsen
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Adventure
Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring Andrew Flanagan, Mads Mikkelsen
Supporting actors Stewart Porter, Maarten Stevenson, Mathew Zajac, Gordon Brown, Gary McCormack, Andrew Flanagan, James Ramsey, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives, Ewan Stewart, Rony Bridges, Robert Harrison, Andy Nicolson, Douglas Russell, Garry Sweeney, Tashi Tsering, Lhasam Gedun, Palden Tsering
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

What are they trying to say in this movie ?
JACK HANNOUSH
After finally getting around to slaughtering the rest of the group, One-Eye heads out on his own.
Michael J. Tresca
No plot, no character development, no nothing!
Maria

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175 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wilson on October 3, 2010
Format: DVD
A peculiar though fascinating art house excursion, the 2009 film "Valhalla Rising" is a symbolic viking adventure about the discovery of the new world. To understand this film's aura, it should be noted it makes Terrence Malick's similarly-themed The New World feel like a summer blockbuster romp. Danish writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn has carved a bold name for himself with such challenging works as Pusher Trilogy and Bronson (Widescreen Edition), and this expedition into the muddy and bloody age of 1000 AD continues his refusal of convention.

There is nothing pleasant about Refn's nightmarish world (filmed on location in Scotland) where men wear sodden rags, tromp through mud and wage wet battles to the death. An oppressive fog covers all, and scarred men stare quietly into space desperately searching for definition. Small campfires provide little warmth, and what few women are seen are naked and chained together as slaves. Harsh does not begin to scratch the surface of Refn's haunting imagery (aided by Morten Sřborg's brilliant cinematography and a fascinating musical score of Peter Kyed and Peter Peter). Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen displays unique presence as a one-eyed viking, appropriately named One Eye. He's evidently a captive, residing in a wooden cage and carefully fed like a lion by the orphaned blond boy Are (Maarten Stevenson).
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159 of 177 people found the following review helpful By PJS1975 on January 21, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Ok, don't read this review unless you have already seen `Valhalla Rising'. Because a lot of people still don't seem to get it, here's a capsule explanation of exactly what happens in the film, from someone who examines evidence of crimes and from that puts together suspects' MOs, serial killer methodologies, etc:

A mute slave, One Eye, is forced by his captors to fight. One day, he finds an old arrowhead by submerging himself in a waterpool located on some mountain upland, after having a dream about the event. Later, One Eye uses the arrowhead to free himself and kill his captors. From this, his mind forms an abstract construct about submersion in water giving him the key that unlocks his freedom. An unnamed slave boy accompanies the newly freed One Eye, and they encounter a group of Christian Scots-Gaelic warriors who are on their way to the Crusades. One Eye and the boy board the Christians' ship, and with them sail away into a dense sea fog that does not lift until they find their ship has somehow left the sea and floated inland along the course of an unnamed river. Their location is uncertain and soon becomes a point of contention among the travelers.

In this unfamiliar land, One Eye and his companions encounter some signs of human habitation: raised wooden biers holding decayed corpses and tribal religious paraphernalia stand in a lightly wooded area. Pay attention here, and you can see near this location a waterpool or small pond with the trunk of a dead, sun-bleached tree rising out of the water, or from the shore. There is a scene where the group is approaching the biers, and the waterpool/tree is there between them and the biers; another waterpool/dead tree tableau can be seen briefly for a moment behind and to the right of the leader of the Christian warriors.
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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Xalora on August 15, 2010
Valhalla Rising is beautifully shot, the acting is crazy good, and the sound and score are amazing.
This is not your conventional movie - so if you're looking for a mindless action flick - look elsewhere. This feels more like a painting or a poem - check it out if you're sick of the formulaic stuff coming out of Hollywood.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B. J. on October 13, 2010
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I'm not sure why people think all movies need a lot of dialogue. If you really pay attention to a good movie, with good actors, and put yourself in their shoes, why would you need conversation. "Quest for Fire" is one of my favorite movies and I needed no words to understand what all the charactors were feeling. The same goes for "Vahalla Rising." The acting was great. The story was interesting. I like to think and feel when watching a good movie and I did. This was One Eye's story. He is finally freed from slavery and sets out on a new life to a new world. You are thinking his future has to be better than his past. The extreme violent lifestyle he endured as a slave who had to fight for the profit and entertainment of his captors has not killed his humanity as you see in his relationship with the young boy. He can still see right from wrong. But violence was a necessity to survive. I would have preferred a different ending but at least it wasn't predictable. It is a dark violent movie but so was this time in history.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John Wright on February 17, 2012
Format: DVD
Mads Mikkelsen is enigmatic and charismatic. He's fearsome, silent, ominous, brooding. It's pretty amazing that he does such an excellent acting job without saying a word throughout the entire film. Being a great actor, though, it's not surprising... it's only surprising because we're so used to clever banter, catchphrases and pretentious babble filling our ears as we watch a film. It's easy to forget that acting without words is an art. His performance alone is worth 3 or 4 stars. Whether you dig or get the film is irrelevant... Mads is amazing. He carries the film all the way.

Story-wise, the film is at times quite surreal and ends in such a non-Hollywood sort of way that absolutely guarantees a low rating from many "reviewers". If you recall Terry Gilliam's battles to end "Brazil" the way he wanted, and not the Hollywood way, you'll have a feel for how this goes. It's quite brave, really. At the same time, it brings Mikkelsen's wild, dangerous character to a level of sacrifice and honor that few protagonists ever attain.

If you glance at the ratings, you'll see that people either love or hate this film. I've got to point out, though... these people giving this film 1 star shouldn't be rating films anywhere. A 1 is a preposterous rating for a film of such excellent cinematic quality, not to mention Mikkelsen's performance. Now, the easy thing to say is that these folks give a 1 to anything that doesn't have explosions in it, or f-bombs, or isn't an over-hyped piece of Hollywood excess. No doubt that is the case for many of these people... they'd be better off watching "Armageddon" for the 400th time than watching this film, which requires some thought and appreciation. But maybe they didn't get into it... fine. But a 1 rating is a joke.

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