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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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And dark ambiance surrounded by ritualistic violence done in a way that's almost unheard of in today's film world. How does one explain the purpose of the one eye? There is none..other than he stands as a metaphor of god..the devil..vengeance... filmed in a terrain that is so ghostly and beautiful that it creates a sense of truly being there. One becomes sucked into this desolate tale and landscape. I'm not going to explain the film. You can read other reviews...and I must say this film is no less at a high amazon rating than Refn's other films(fearX, Bronson,the pusher trilogy,drive, and only god forgives). Most are at a 2-3 star if it's lucky. I find this sad. But there are those out there that do see this film and filmaker for what he can really accomplish for almost no money. And..he gets high paid famous actors to be in his films like Ryan Gosling,Brian Cranston Mads, Mikkelsen,John Turturo and Tom Hardy. Exceptional actors that take far less money to be in a Refn film. I think that sais something about the filmmaker.
Forget the naysayers and enjoy the experience you will see. No it won't be fast paced , no edits every 2 seconds.....just something that if you keep watching will suck you in and leave you speechless and completely amazed...either that or pissed off and confused. But Personally...I loooooove this film and all of this artsists other films. Can't wait to see what he will do next.
This is a very surreal movie and having watched it I now understand the disparity of the ratings. I for one found it fascinating. I wont spoil the plot but suffice it to say Obe Eye is a very tortured character.
The movie was engrossing and ended too quickly. The ending was not what I would have scripted, but then this movie isn't typical in any way, shape or form.
The story is very grim. This movie stands above numerous others by actually showing us a past time that appears "truthful". Because of this fact, we "learn" something about how living/surviving in these times must have been.
This film reminds of: The Better Angels, Andrei Rublev etc and makes me appreciative of the times we live in now!