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Valhalla Rising (2010)

Mads Mikkelsen , Nicolas Winding-Refn  |  NR |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mads Mikkelsen
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding-Refn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KT3P8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Valhalla Rising" on IMDb

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Acclaimed Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn follows his worldwide smash Pusher trilogy and the widely praised Bronson with his most daring film yet. Valhalla Rising is a brutally beautiful Viking film with international star Mads Mikkelsen ( Casino Royale, Clash Of The Titans ) as One Eye, 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? The answers can be found in this ruthless, hallucinatory, one of a kind journey.

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189 of 205 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vision quest gone mad... October 3, 2010
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). On a regular basis, he's dragged from his prison, chained to a post and forced to fight to the death versus combatants while weary warlords sit nearby and wager the outcome.
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179 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Police detective offers an explanation of the film January 21, 2011
By PJS1975
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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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107 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take this trip to hell August 15, 2010
By Xalora
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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mads Mikkelsen is Fantastic February 17, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars good music and cinematography
Nothing new to add to the commentary; I had to put my stars in. This was fantastic. I don't see why this has gotten such bad reviews. Read more
Published 2 days ago by iheartBOOKs
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch on Netflix and be amazed.
Valhalla Rising is truly a masterpiece. Though there are very few words spoken throughout the film the director makes brilliant use of this by having the words spoken allowed leave... Read more
Published 2 days ago by N. Mastores
5.0 out of 5 stars VALHALLA RISING. BRILLIANT. ***** CHECK IT OUT.
VALHALLA RISING! SUPERB, OUTSTANDING. Mads M. Does not say a single word throughout the film. Butt does more than enough with his presence. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Antreas
1.0 out of 5 stars i would not recommend this at all
This was an incredibly ridiculous movie. the complete script would fit on one page and it wasn't entertaining at all. i would not recommend this at all.
Published 6 days ago by Pam VanLuinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely outside the box.
This is a one of a kind film that most people will feel confused and uncomfortable with, however you will remember it, I myself found it riveting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bad Grandpa
3.0 out of 5 stars slow
It's okay, I found it a little slow and with very little dialogues. Somewhat strange story, out of the ordinary, but its okay.
Published 1 month ago by mearceos
4.0 out of 5 stars One Eye'd Monster
Beautiful savage meditation on the brutal Vikings conquest gone awry - searching for the Holy Land they end up in the New World and completely out of their depths.
Published 1 month ago by MJM
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
Might need to be scandanavian to understand some of the symbolism and all of the journey of these men. My wife and i love Mads Mikkelson so we watched this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Like watching a car wreck with all the gore
This movie got more bizarre and surreal as it went, with a funky ending. Lots of violence and gore - don't watch with kids or if you are squeamish.
Published 1 month ago by Sirf
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!!!
Great scenery, terrible story, long and boring. Story didn't make sense, from the inland mountains, to drifting on the sea all the way to north America (wouldn't they have run... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glen Asp
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