One Eye is a prisoner forced to fight other Vikings for
the amusement of other Vikings. He doesn't speak and has one eye. One Viking says he lives on hate. One
Eye escapes his captors after being sold off and he takes his revenge before joining a group of Christian Vikings on the way
to the Holy Crusades in Jerusalem. He has a young boy as an unexpected traveling companion. He,
the boy, and the other Vikings take a journey into Hell and end up in North America instead
of going to the Holy Lands.
VALHALLA RISING is a Viking film on acid. It is a
film with very few words and the visuals (and music) convey the story. You can compare it to some levels to a
Tarkovsky film without being really drug out. It is a meditative film that examines war and religion. This
group of Vikings is held together by a thread and it unravels due to the unknown. The fog and music act as ominous companions
that create an atmosphere of unease. The boy says he speaks for One Eye while you wonder whether the boy is making things
up. Mads Mikkelsen is powerful as One Eye while not saying one word during the film. He has to carry the
character based on his actions and the expressions in his eyes. VALHALLA RISING is a film as interesting
as BRONSON and even more daring than the last film director Nicolas Winding-Refn made.
The only extra
sadly is a theatrical trailer for the film. I wish there was an audio commentary with the director and Mads Mikkelsen
because I bet they could lend some interesting insights into the film and story.
VALHALLA RISING is a trippy Viking film which will leave you with plenty of questions and things
to discuss about the film.
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