first saw the promotional material for this movie, I was expecting a
bloody romp through the world of Vikings but in actual fact it was a
more surreal and intelligent journey about a mute warrior named One Eye
who was played masterfully by Mads Mikkelsen.
It should also be noted
that Valhalla Rising is also a Danish movie and if you're one of those
naysayers to foreign films, you might be pleasantly surprised with this
cinematic story as the dialogue is actually kept to a bare minimum.
Given this fact, Valhalla Rising is quite an engaging story as we follow One Eye's story as he
is freed from the shackles of slavery where he joins a group of Christian
Vikings as they attempt to reach the lands of Jerusalem. Unfortunately
their journey takes them to America instead of the Holy Lands which is
where the conflict commences.
Scotland, the cinematography behind Valhalla Rising is visually quite
stunning and its Earthy colours really help to enhance the story. Given
that the budget of this film was that of an oily rag, director Nicholas Winding Refn has done a remarkable job and should be commended
on this non-Hollywood masterpice.
video quality of Valhalla Rising is quite good for a film of this
budget, especially the surreal dream scenes that look like some strange
amalgam of a nightmare clashing with reality. Sound is presented in
Dolby Digital 5.1 that at times booms, especially with the soundtrack.
For special features, add in a behind the scenes documentary,
commentary by director Refn and journalist Alan Jones plus the original
All in all, Valhalla Rising was definitely a
film left out of centre that I enjoyed thoroughly from start to finish
with some extremely strong performances and exceptional directing by Refn.
Audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn and journalist Alan
The Making of VALHALLA RISING.