Valhalla Rising

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: July 23, 2010
DVD: November 30, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 2.86
based on 52 votes and 17 reviews
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Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart, Andrew Flanagan, Maarten Stevenson


On a desolate coast, the heads of warring clans meet in battle. For years, the most fearsome and successful fighter has been an enigmatic figure known only as One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen).

Silent and lethal, One Eye has defeated everyone he's encountered, but he's treated more like an animal than a warrior. The only person he has any relationship with is the young boy who brings him food and water daily. Constantly caged and shackled, One Eye has drawn the attention of a new force now sweeping the countryside and displacing the society's leaders: Christians.

Determined to claim territory for his faith, the leader of a band of Christians sets sail on an ill-fated odyssey to the Holy Land with One Eye and the young boy in tow. Little separates the Christians from their pagan predecessors—they're just as bellicose and bloodthirsty.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Studio: IFC Films
Producer(s): Bo Ehrhardt, Henrik Danstrup
Screenplay: Nicolas Winding Refn, Roy Jacobsen

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  • 5 stars "Brutal, beautiful, and brilliant. Existential actioner impresses."
  • 5 stars "You can't go wrong with NWR."
  • 5 stars "For such little dialogue, the director captured the true pain of the main character and era of the film. I found it raw and carnal at its lowest and highest points. Not for the faint of heart"