Valhalla Rising / Le guerrier silencieux (Bilingual)
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It is an unusual film a sort of Ingmar Bergman meets Derek Jarman only with a better camera. It is supposed to be a fantasy and as such it is hard to work out what the actual plot is. Starring Mads Mikkelsen as a one eyed sort of prize fighter, he is treated like an animal; only being let out for fights to the death. He apparently is owned by Barde(I got that from the cover), who is a wealthy Scotsman who obtained him for his fighting skills. If he is such a lethal fighting machine, how was he ever caught?
Any way he escapes; killing everyone except a young lad who comes along and appears to be able to understand the mute `One Eye'. I thought it was going to be a Christian versus Pagan type thing as Christianity is a thread throughout the film. The old sort of Christianity mind, crusading and killing; not the modern sort of caring and turning the other cheek etc. They meet up with some would be crusaders and then go off on a strange voyage to either the Holy Land of to establish a New Jerusalem.
This is a slow, often claustrophobic, stylish and atmospheric film. Writer and director Nicholas Winding Refn clearly knew what he wanted to create; the studio I think had different ideas. He uses music and imagery to drive the narrative forward and whilst it works, the swift and violent changes in pace -there are snippets of violent flask backs and/or premonitions- actually break your concentration. It is like being hooked and somehow getting off the line.Read more ›
The movie mostly has no music and there's not much talking. The violence is at times brutal but there's not much action either. This is the type of filming where they focus on an actor's face for 1 minute and they show a river for 5 minutes. It felt like a dream while i was watching it - very slow development. But somehow in the end you appreciate the movie and the main character and everything that he went through. If you're one of those people that likes slow and a bit strange movies then give this a go but if you're used to Hollywood and non-stop action then this movie is not for you. I enjoyed it at times and at times i found myself falling asleep but i dont regret watching the entire movie.
if this movie doesn't tickle your fancy that's because you just can't see the depth of how
character driven it is,if you could just slow down for one and a half hour to let the movie
consume your mind,don't think about all the tall buildings and all the stop lights that people are
running through,or even trying to get that quick text that you so desperately need to go nowhere,
enjoy the beautiful Scottish land scape that this movie present to you,and feel this mans pain with
a collar around his neck attached to a pole with a hook to keep him from running away,now i don't
know about all the people who give this a one star rating,but i can't remember any movie with it's main
actor who have never utter one single word and did it so brilliantly by Mads Mikkelsen,when Quest for Fire
came out back in the eighties i think,can't be sure,every one couldn't figure it out either,so give it time,
Valhalla Rising does get into your mind and stays there,even with it's brutality and beauty,the latter which
we so desperately need..
16x9 2.35 LB HD 1080p DTS Master Audio
runtime 92 min.
If You Can't See The Beauty You Don't Have Love..
The picture quality is very nice mostly but banding in the sky is terribly evident in one of the opening scenes.
But my enthusiasm aside, be careful, here are what I consider to be some important considerations when you are preparing to watch it.
1>Watch it ALONE at least once, especially the first time.
Also, while we do have a nice home theater system in the living room, I watched this with home theater headphones cranked up to really bring myself into that world.
2>Expectation going in -If you are looking for a movie that spells it out in familiar letters that everyone can see and talk about, you'll probably be painfully bored.
You have to meet this half way, in terms of audience effort its more like a painting than a film. The movie definitely puts you on a suggestive path where the mood, minimal dialogue and situations give plenty of room for your own powers of perception and interpretation to engage, which have hopefully been sharpened by your interests in human nature and history.
3>Energy level and frame of mind -I made the mistake on my first attempt to watch this late at night as a second movie. I had to stop a little less than half way through. So my recommendation is to watch it earlier than later in the night, when you are in one of your more reflective serious moods. And if you are going to indulge in legal intoxicants to 'expand your mind', it can enhance the experience, but drink responsibly.
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I'm not going to try and describe this film. Not even going to recommend it to most people. But if you appreciated the more experimental side of filmmaking once in awhile. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Zen Archer
What a piece of crap!!! The only reason I watched the whole thing, is that I bought it. No Plot, No story. Don't waste your time with this garbage. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Visually cool and interesting, but like many indie movies I will never have the urge for a repeat watch.Published 7 months ago by irishcanada
It had potential but the director threw it away by deciding he wanted a Viking science fiction rather than a action film. Having said that, I still enjoyed it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by peterj
You might say it was well filmed. You might it was nice and gory and had good action...but truth be told, I still don't know what the frack was going on in this movie.Published 13 months ago by LucDman
J'ai aimé ce film, malgré son caractère dur et étrange, sa musique étrange et ses propos des plus curieux. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Guillaume Tell