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Valhalla Rising (2010)

Mads Mikkelsen , Nicolas Winding-Refn  |  NR |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mads Mikkelsen
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding-Refn
  • Format: 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 HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KT3P8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,397 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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176 of 192 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vision quest gone mad... 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). 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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161 of 179 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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96 of 111 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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark viloent movie October 13, 2010
By B. J.
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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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mads Mikkelsen is Fantastic February 17, 2012
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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 great story
The viewpoint keeps you drawn in. Deep storyline that makes you understand what the plot is about. Very good movie
Published 20 hours ago by Matthew Pavao
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stand it
I couldn't stand watching this movie. It started out ok, but as the movie went on and on, I found myself skipping through the movie so I could get to the end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by tsimp1211
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
Really weird movie. Don't waste your time on this. I kept waiting for something to happen and iy never did.
Published 1 day ago by K. A. Clemmer
1.0 out of 5 stars ehhhh
i guess if you do a lot of drugs you might find it entertaining....otherwise forget it. great filming plot sucks
Published 3 days ago by Cynthia Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange Story line
I almost bailed out on the movie several times, very little dialogue, go ahead a watch it but, I wouldn't waste my time.
Published 3 days ago by C. Frantz
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst movie ever
Viking movies are supposed to be like Vikings - bold, audacious, adventure filled. This was boring and more boring with no redeeming qualities.
Published 5 days ago by Sternmaa
1.0 out of 5 stars Really awful
They were trying for something, I don 't know what it was but they missed it by a mile. Dark, brooding and confusing.
Published 5 days ago by victor g baron
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear in mind the people writing bad reviews weren't expecting this...
Hundreds of one star reviews.
All written by people who were watching the wrong film.
They were expecting a mainstream action movie. Read more
Published 6 days ago by K. Barrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film
This film is really beautifully shot in a very raw way. It's incredibly underrated...absolutely worth seeing. The reviews don't do it justice.
Published 6 days ago by Ian Reddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but not for reality TV types
This is a great film but its won't be for everyone. There's very little dialog, some fantastic acting and lots of blood. If you like reality TV, don't bother. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dasspunk
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