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Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2009)

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In the 11th century, Vikings, Indians, and Irish monks collide on the shores of North America in a historical epic adventure of exploration, personal glory, and religious dominance. Abandoned by a Western exploration party and stranded in the New World, two lone Vikings wade through a grand primeval landscape, struggling for survival while still in the grip of their Norse ways. An impressive DIY epic, "Severed Ways" features a frosty black-metal soundtrack, including Burzum, Morbid Angel, Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.

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Cast

David Perry
as Monk No. 1
Noelle Bailey
as Abenaki Woman
Clare Amory
as Volnard's Sister
James Fuentes
as Abenaki Man
Nathan Corbin
as Christian Thrall
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Stone's admirable and persuasive evocation is unfortunately marred by his self-defeating resort to flurries of claustrophobic, fragmented hand-held shots that obfuscate just about every crucial plot development in the film.

July 20, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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That director Tony Stone concocted and nearly pulls off this gruff, truly indie flick, maintaining our interest -- mostly -- through slow, wordless curio makes him a director to watch.

July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5
Boxoffice Magazine
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A must-see.

July 16, 2009 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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Severed Ways is one of the oddest movies I've seen in a while -- and that's a good thing.

March 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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If nothing else, Mr. Stone, from his tangled hair to dirty feet, has taken himself and his story into the beyond -- way, way beyond.

March 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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Largely lacking in dialogue (if not unintentional hilarity), this intensely personal project is proof positive that Bill and Ted grew up to become filmmakers.

March 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/6
Time Out
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"Severed Ways" is an almost entirely wordless long-form video set to Metal and Goth music. It tries to imagine what it must have been like to be a Norseman exploring North America in 1000 AD. Writer/director Tony Stone (who also plays the lead role) appears to know a lot more about music than filmmaking, screenwriting or acting. Mostly what you get is interminably long scenes depicting such things as the building of a house. There are also many endless sequences depicting our two Norse heroes walking through the wilderness. One thing the film does do is evoke a mood. You really do feel like it's 1000 AD and you're in a forest. The film does get more interesting as it goes, with our Noresemen encountering two Christian monks and then a couple of natives. But as soon as something interesting starts to happen in these storylines, Stone reverts to another panoramic nature sequence. He seems to be allergic to thought. It's too bad, because I get the sense that he's got some interesting ideas somewhere underneath all that hair.

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