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MrE2Me

Surprisingly pensive. It alternates between long, slow and silent sequences and brief, brutal bursts of violence. Not much happens, not much is said, but it's quite beautiful to look at and very skillfully done. Always refreshing when a film lets its audience do some of the work, instead of spoon-feeding them every step of the way.
13 years 5 months ago
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Siskoid

Nicholas Winding Redf's Valhalla Rising is a stark and austere viking film that may have been marketed as a sort of Northern 300, but is nothing of the sort. It owes more to Jodorowski's The Holy Mountain (confirmed by Refn in the making of, I'm delighted to say). Though less surreal than that film, it is nonetheless something you can't exactly take literally, a mystic/religious journey with barbarian trappings. If the film is about Christianity's disruption of Norse culture, then the mute One-Eye (Mads Mikkelson) is an Odin figure, a slave in a harsh world that has no place for him anymore. Though he escapes to commit great violence, and goes on a journey with "holy men" to what they think is the holy land, but turns out to be hell. As the film progresses, One-Eye becomes more and more Christ-like, changing with the religious zeitgeist. It's pretty deep, I admit, but while a tough viewing experience with definite longueurs, it will reward the audience member in a more thoughtful mood.
9 years ago
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jerpijut

I'm not sure what I just watched. Visually very well done, but other than that, who knows.
11 years 9 months ago
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Earring72

Movie looks and sounds great and start out very promising but halfway it becomes a bit boring. OK
8 years 1 month ago
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Admiral Softy

A visually beautiful film, but I ended craving deaths if only to see the slightest emotion from these characters.
12 years 7 months ago
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jakepython

Textbook Winding Refn with majestic art meeting brutal violence.
12 years 8 months ago
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dustofempires

weird-ass movie
12 years 9 months ago
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Egil

The visuals, actors and sounds were great. Other than that I didn't like it.
12 years 12 months ago
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neocowboy

"You needed a name... and you've only got one eye."

NWR's cryptic homage to his Scandinavian heritage. With flavours of David Lynch and Lars Von Trier it's a film that will either captivate or ostracise viewers. Like El Topo, a second viewing with the director's commentary would be enlightening.
10 years 11 months ago
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Gershwin

To me the cinematography is what makes the story so haunting. Excellent movie.
11 years 8 months ago
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hank0rz

I generally like cinematography, but this is just cinematographic wanking. Very forced and simply too much of it.
Or maybe it's too deep for me.
But, I liked the colors and contrasts. 4/10
12 years 4 months ago
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greenhorg

This is the sort of movie you would make if your two favorite films were Stalker and 300.
12 years 4 months ago
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Shaav

loved it.
13 years 6 months ago
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Elica

For me, it was a confusing movie. I couldnt really get the point. It would make more sense if he woke up at a mental institution at the end and the movie was a weird dream of his
12 years 3 months ago
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Casaubon

This is very interesting movie, its much better than imdb points lead to expect...
12 years 9 months ago

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