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The Last King (2016)

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Based on true events, THE LAST KING is set in civil war-ravaged Norway. Aided by rebel group the Birch Legs, the Norwegian King fights for survival against the Church's Bishopsmen, who seek to supplant the throne. On his deathbed after falling ill, the King soon welcomes a son, born in secrecy, as half the Kingdom wants him dead. Tasked with guarding the only remaining heir to the throne, two Birch Legs warriors, Skjervald and Torstein, escape with the infant and must traverse treacherous landscapes to protect their future King.

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Cast

Jakob Oftebro
as Skjervald
Adam Nemet
as Gisles Guard
Jon Inge Nordnes
as Birkebeiner #7
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

It's an iconic tale for Norwegians and the inspiration of the annual Birkebeiner ski race, but a dud with scant dramatic zing or star quality.

June 16, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Gaup deftly keeps track of the major betrayals without making them seem too obvious, but we're never as involved with the characters as we were in "Pathfinder."

June 16, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A film that leaves us great features: evocative names, credible settings and, above all, amazing warriors. [Full review in Spanish]

February 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A film that ends up being stimulating (and effective) for something as simple as provoking interest and curiosity for the deepest recesses of the historical period that recreates. [Full review in Spanish]

January 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Last King is a mediocre adventure with some very pretty scenery.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

The resolution is predictable enough, but the movie's solidly satisfying overall, and grizzled Nikolaj Lie Kaas makes a very hissable villain.

June 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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I usually love Scandinavian films, but "The Last King" seems to lack the usual polish and attention to detail of those Norwegian films that make it to the United States. The film is good, but somehow, it has a made-for-TV quality that doesn't quite gel with the vast, magestic, frozen landscapes and the magnitude of the historical events. As a history lesson, it gets good marks, but as entertainment? -- M'eh.

Christian C
Christian C

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I saw this w/o the benefit of subtitles, which is totally in the Nordic tongue, which is to say I hardly understood anything of what was going on ... and yet the sheer adventure of the tale, the raucous ski scenes, kept me watching the whole way through.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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