Antonio Banderas (SPY KIDS) brings huge star power to an immensely thrilling action-adventure from the hit-making director of DIE HARD and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR! An exiled ambassador far from his homeland, Ahmed (Banderas) comes across a fierce band of warriors who are being attacked by ferocious creatures legendary for devouring all living things in their path! And when an old fortune-teller warns the combatants that they are doomed to failure without a 13th warrior, Ahmed is given no choice but to join their battle and help conquer the mysterious enemy! Suspenseful and endlessly exciting, this exhilarating hit is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys action on an epic scale!
What happened to The 13th Warrior? Directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard), it's the tale of young Arab ambassador Ahmahd ibn Fahdalan (Antonio Banderas), who's vanquished from his homeland for loving the wrong woman. On his journeys he associates with a ragtag group of Vikings who are traveling back to their homeland to confront a nefarious threat that's cloaked in such superstition they're forbidden to speak its name. It is prophesied by a witch doctor that 13 warriors must confront the evil; however, the 13th chosen man must not come from the north. Suddenly Banderas is forced into the breach, somewhat against his will. More poet than battle-worn warrior, he must not only fight the aggressors but come to terms with the unfamiliar Norse culture. What follows is a vigorous and brutal adventure reminiscent of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Sumptuous and invigorating battle sequences fill the screen from beginning to end as the brave Norsemen battle insurmountable odds.
Sounds good. So why did this film, once known as the Eaters of the Dead, sit on studio shelves for two years? Presumably because of the thoughtless editing that trimmed down the film to its bare bones, crafting an actionfest out of an epic. It's not often that you crave for a movie to be longer, but The 13th Warrior could've benefited from fleshing out of its subplots and characters. On the surface it's good eye candy with some fine pulse-quickening moments, and Banderas and the accompanying cast turn in sympathetic performances, epitomizing camaraderie in the face of impending doom. However, if you're looking for a good thematic tale from the Dark Ages (akin to Braveheart), you may be disappointed. --Jeremy StoreySee all Product Description
not always a banderas fan, but he and this viking companions draw you into a norse adventure. a little lore, a little romance , a lot of battle in a harsh and gloomy setting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bonnie l g cornwell
A Spanish Warrior who would have been more effective if he has Puss'n'boots with him.Published 4 months ago by Leonard Tedds
If you are a fan of the show Vikings then you will like this movie. One of my favorites, Great story line and great acting.Published 6 months ago by Jan P Gran
A realistic view of that time period... Mr Banderas portrayed an Arabian perfectly.Published 13 months ago by pixiedust
I've watched this move at least a half dozen times and each time it's as good as it was the first time. Antonio Bandaras and the other main characters played their parts very well. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2013 by Ben Charron
It is a terrfic movie. The product was in great shape and there were no scratches on the disc at all.Published on March 17 2012 by Ashley Oostenbrink