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Pathfinder (2007)

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11

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 67

A few rousing action sequences can't make up for Pathfinder's non-existent plot and silly dialogue.

4

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 23

A few rousing action sequences can't make up for Pathfinder's non-existent plot and silly dialogue.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Movie Info

The sole survivor of a Viking "dragon" vessel shipwrecked on the eastern shores of the New World 15 years ago provides the only hope for the a Native American tribe faced with certain destruction by Norse berserkers in director Marcus Nispel's (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) dark action adventure. Reared by the Wampanoag tribe following a failed attempt by the Vikings to raid coastal villages for slaves, a ten-year-old shipwreck survivor is nicknamed "Ghost" by his adoptive tribe due to his pale

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Laeta Kalogridis

Jul 31, 2007

$10.2M

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (67) | DVD (17)

Pathfinder's main appeal will be to connoisseurs of gore, who will find no shortage of graphically rendered stabbings, shootings, smashings, severings and slicings.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The movie is filmed in a way that makes it seem like the camera has epilepsy and the color desaturation renders everything murky. Someone should remind director Marcus Nispel that there's a difference between making a music video and a feature film.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Pathfinder's moody, muddy look is courtesy of music-video director Marcus Nispel, who doesn't distinguish between people and tree trunks when it comes to emotional content.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This latest bit of historical balder-dash stands in direct defiance of proven action-movie formulas, trusting its brutal concept and striking visuals to overcome a lack of star power.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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As dim and dank as a power failure in a peepshow, Pathfinder is Apocalypto without the laughs or 300 without the muscular visuals and elevating dialogue.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The official Pathfinder Web site is far more interesting than the movie itself, and you'll get better history lessons from the Vikings of Minnesota.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The fault here lies in the film's dead rhythm, which never lights the sparks necessary for an action film. The plot and action progress like an eroding lakeshore, but the energy and excitement are washed away in every scene.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Imagine a heavy metal album cover come suddenly to life and you pretty much have the measure of Pathfinder.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Without anything more to offer, the choreographed carnage gets stale very quickly.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Metal heads will be in Valhalla; everyone else should find a different path.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

The plot and action progress like an eroding lakeshore, but the energy and excitement are washed away in every scene.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Pathfinder is simultaneously action-packed and a total bore, a strange movie that never seems to move even though it consists of almost nothing but violence.

September 22, 2007
Reel.com

Never has an idea of such splendid nuttiness been so squandered to the god of neurotic style.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Gory but disappointing.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think slow-motion is cool and those who do not. If you are of the former, I can recommend Pathfinder.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

All basic interest, to say nothing of excitement, is sapped whenever the big, brutal battle sequences come to a halt and inane dialogue takes over.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

What killed this film in the theater was the lack of plot.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It's a movie that belies its title, showing neither a strong sense of direction nor the drive to do anything other than display a whole lot of slashing and stabbing.

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

For all its flaws, Pathfinder is a unique little action film.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Boasting a prettified brutality that rivals that of 300, Pathfinder also explores a similar theme, the manly pursuit of revenge at any cost.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

I was so irritated that I paid money to see this that I snuck into two movies afterward to feel better about my investment. Boooooooooring.

May 6, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

I didn't think it was possible to make a movie involving Vikings worse than 1978's The Norsemen starring Lee Majors, but director Marcus Nispel and company have accomplished just that with this formulaic piece of poorly made PC trash.

May 5, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

Like Beastmaster or Conan but without the wit or inspiration.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Whatever significance the legend had gets lost amid the repellent butchery.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com
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Audience Reviews for Pathfinder

Fictional story about Viking raiders landing in modern day North America and fighting against native American Indians as they try to colonize.

Loving the idea for this pitting different types of native tribes against each other, nice concept which was taken up by 'Dark Horse' comics and made into an equally decent graphic novel with amazing brooding artwork.

The film is highly stylised much like the graphic novel and looks gorgeous, the whole film is virtually in black, white and grey with hints of faded colour and only broken by the spray of blood spilt during some brutal battles.

Its not entirely accurate of course with the Vikings being really built up and laden with heavy metal armour and horned helmets to make them look fierce, it does work as they look amazing and powerful but obviously more comicbook than reality, almost a 'Conan' feel to them really. The American Indians also look really good and much more realistic with some lovely costume and adornment design along with good makeup and hair styling. But its the cast used for the Indians that adds real class, Russell Means as a tribal chieftain really gives the film a more believeable feel.

The whole film basically one lavish set piece after another with not much dialog but there doesn't need to be as the plot is the most used and basic going. Local young tribesman leaves village, village gets destroyed by nasty barbarian types, young man comes back, gets upset and vows revenge, gets it, the end. Although the stunts and battles are tremendous looking the film is pretty shallow and offers nothing more really, unlike '300' which is based on truth this film is fictional so it feels more of a silly fantasy film than anything.

I did enjoy the film and if you like '300' then you will probably like this as its even more slick and brooding than that really, a real living graphic novel but probably helped by the release of '300'. I did enjoy the use of subs for the Vikings which really added to the quality (real Icelandic) and the rest of the cast is decent with Urban possibly in his best film so far, gets a little loose towards the end but this is a fine historical cum fictional offering if you enjoy savage clashes.
December 22, 2011
phubbs1

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Disappointed with this one even though it was OK. Interesting clash of cultures but overall it was rather forgettable. Wasn't as bloody as I was expecting it to be either.
January 12, 2011
WrenchLT
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Super Reviewer

Wow!! It seems like people either really hated this movie, or REALLY liked it!!! You can put me in the really, really liked it category. I popped this movie in, and was mesmerized throughout the whole thing, If you like movies like Apocalypto or 300, you should like this one. I thought the visual look to the movie was amazing, the bloody graphics were amazing, and the entire concept was very cool!
October 11, 2010
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