Valhalla Rising (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Valhalla Rising
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.
It's a trip into a primordial world and primeval sensibilities, and if you're looking to shake off the mall-movie blahs, there are few better places to look.
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
In a world where violence is the only language people seem to understand Mads Mikkelsen plays a conversational virtuoso you don't want to talk to, sort of a Viking Mike Tyson. He finds himself with 3 different groups of neighbors and we get to see how he contends with all of them. Often the storyline stops so the director can indulge his own taste for poetry, only he has yet to embrace that 'brevity is the soul of wit', so we get long, long minutes of artsy poetry. You'll get many chances to get to the fridge to restock. Still, the overall effect stays with one.
Nicolas Winding Refn brings his style and vision to the action genre set during the Viking age, and he helms it with such conviction and effective, brilliant atmosphere that you are sucked into an enthralling film going experience. What Refn crafts here is a well paced action drama that is one of the finest Viking films I've seen. Forget Pathfinder, this is the Viking film to watch. With a great cast, a terrific script, a strong visual style, Nicolas Winding Refn crafts a stunning picture that is sure to entertain anyone looking for a well constructed period piece. I've always been interested in Vikings, personally I think they're awesome, and with this film, although not accurate of course is still a good piece of entertainment for viewers that are interested Vikings. To have a director like Nicolas Winding Refn to helm the project is quite interesting because he always bring a unique touch, atmosphere and memorable quality to really make the movie standout. The Story is engaging and the cast are terrific, and we have some familiar names that have collaborated with Winding Refn in the past. Valhalla Rising mixes action and drama perfectly well into one movie. Aside from the Pusher trilogy and Bronson, I would say that this one of my favorite outings of Winding Refn. He really brings a certain style of brooding atmosphere to really make the film standout among others. Brilliant, well crafted and near perfect, if you enjoy Nicolas Winding Refn's work, Valhalla Rising a must watch that is highly engrossing start to finish. Aside from the direction, story and acting, the film is very atmospheric as well, which only amplifies the feel and look of the movie significantly. Forget Pathfinder which is a bland, mediocre movie, you want to watch this film instead as the story and overall tone of the film is far more dramatic in scope that it makes it a real treat for film fans.
Coming from a talented filmmaker who seems to place his own personal gratification ahead of the audience's, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Valhalla Rising" is a strange, albeit curious film. Lacking much in the way of traditional story-telling, "Rising" seems to prefer juxtaposing glimpses of visceral, uncompromising violence against some rather beautifully captured scenery. An eerie, atmospheric experience.
Valhalla Rising Quotes
|The Boy:||He was brought up from hell.|
|Hagen:||He's brought us to hell and there is no God.|
|The Boy:||you need a name....and you've only got one eye.|
|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.|
|Barde:||They eat their own god, eat his flesh, drink his blood, abominable.|