The 13th Warrior
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Antonio Banderas (THE MASK OF ZORRO) brings huge star power to an immensely thrilling action-adventure from the hit-making director of DIE HARD and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR! An exiled ambassador far from his homeland, Ahmed (Banderas) comes across a fierce band of warriors who are being attacked by ferocious creatures legendary for devouring all living things in their path! And when an old fortune-teller warns the combatants that they are doomed to failure without a 13th warrior, Ahmed is given no choice but to join their battle and help conquer the mysterious enemy! Suspenseful and endlessly exciting, this exhilarating hit is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys action on an epic scale!
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The film begins when Ahmed (Antonio Banderas) is banished from his city for looking at another man's wife. The caliph, in order to appease the jealous husband, appoints Ahmed to be an ambassador to lands of the north. Along the rivers of present-day Russia, he encounters Norse traders observing the death of a chieftain. While there, a messenger comes to the chieftain's son, Bulvine, seeking his assistance.
The messenger tells the story of a nameless evil that preys upon the people of his father's kingdom. A witch is brought into their presence and "rolls the bones". In her interpretation of the message of the bones, she says 13 men must leave to go north to their homeland to fight this ageless evil. Men, beginning with Bulvine, volunteer for this hazardous trial. The witch then tells them the 13th warrior should be a stranger, non-Norse. All eyes look to Ahmed, the only stranger there! He is the 13th warrior!
Thus begins a journey to the north where these thirteen men must fight and defeat this great evil all men fear. The Norsemen show themselves to be smart, inventive, strong and brave. Surprising himself, Ahmed becomes an effective warrior by the end of the film. I don't do "spoilers", but I will say the movie is full of action and excitement, but doesn't showcase the kind of bloody special effects that have become the norm in film.
This is a good film in the action genre and more than that, because these men show themselves to be men of honor, courage and, when necessary, guile and wisdom. Antonio Banderas gives a fine performance - as does the entire cast in my opinion. This is a solid action flick and I recommend it with four stars.
The story of Beowulf is retold through the eyes of an outsider.
Antonio Banderas is fantastic, and Vlademir Kulich is phenomenal as the leader of the titled troop, Bulvi.
I recommend this film to all people, but especially classically educated literature scholars, or Norse history buffs.
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