Denmark / UK 90m, Colour
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn; Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart, Maarten Stevenson
Valhalla Rising is an episodic story about a Norse warrior known as “One-Eye” who travels with a small band of crusaders who are intent on spreading Christianity to a new world which they find themselves after a strange journey across an unknown sea. Blending science fiction with history, Valhalla Rising is a masterfully filmed and memorable production that is largely without dialogue. While there is little historical accuracy in this cryptic fantasy, the violent actions of the gritty characters set amidst an equally foreboding landscape are well-matched, providing a visceral look and feel to this imaginative and atmospheric film (Klaus Ming April 2012).