Valhalla Rising (2009)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 16
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4
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For years, the fearsome figure known only as One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen - PUSHER, FLAME & CITRON, CASINO ROYALE) has defeated everyone he's encountered, but he's treated more like an animal than a warrior. The only person he has any relationship with is the young boy who brings him food and water daily. Constantly caged and shackled, One Eye has drawn the attention of a new force now sweeping the countryside and displacing the society's leaders: Christians.-- (C) IFC Films
Jul 16, 2010 Wide
Nov 30, 2010
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It's a chilly, often slow, uncompromisingly harsh film, but Refn's images will sear your retinas.
If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy.
You sometimes wish Refn's gift for Ridley Scott-level mayhem had won the battle over his much iffier Werner Herzog leanings.
Mr. Refn, who can pull off stylish brutality (in the Pusher films and Bronson), shows no knack for the kind of visionary, hallucinatory image making that would render Valhalla Rising memorable.
Mikkelsen verifies that, even without saying a word, he's an unnervingly unhinged presence.
A mad meditation on the primeval nature of man, faith and survival, this is Apocalypse Then, and then some.
Directed in moody and portentous strokes by Nicolas Winding Refn, this is the most abstract Viking movie you'll ever see...
Less Braveheart than Aguirre, The Wrath of God, this evocative Viking tone poem contemplates the convergence between violence and religion.
I appreciate Refn for pushing against conventions of rhythm, photography, subject, color, and form, and I don't mind that Valhalla Rising lacks a story so much as I question its reliance on enigmatic hints of some grand, over-arching abstraction.
It's like a gorgeous graphic novel with a protagonist and story that vanish utterly from the mind as soon as the last page is turned.
For an ugly, brutish, Řberviolent Viking epic, Valhalla Rising is gorgeous, each frame a haunting work of art. Refn's style, though, is unsustainable at feature length.
Like a John Milius film reduced to its pure, masculine essence and shot through one of Alejandro Jodorowsky's lens filters.
Audience Reviews for Valhalla Rising
- The Boy: You need a name, and you've only got one eye.
- Barde: They eat their own god, eat his flesh, drink his blood, abominable.
- Eirik: God brought us out of that mist for a reason. We claim this land in His name.
- Kare: I am going to show them that a man of God has arrived.
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