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Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

I'm kind of interested in this thing. It's being called a 'Norse opera'. Apparently sparse on dialogue, and made to be more than just a Viking action movie with horned helmets and stereotypes. It's getting some kind of US release on June 4, 2010. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

I've avoided reviews and spoilers, but basically the story revolves around a one-eyed fighter played by Mikkelsen and a trip by Vikings to the New World.

Trailer, which can be scaled up to 720p:

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Old 04-28-10, 01:18 PM
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You had me at Mads Mikkelsen. Vikings just makes it more awesome.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Seeing what Refn did with the Pusher Trilogy - add in everything RocShemp said and this could be the best film of the year.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Whomever that old guy is at the beginning has an amazingly badass voice.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Originally Posted by visitor Q
Seeing what Refn did with the Pusher Trilogy - add in everything RocShemp said and this could be the best film of the year.
agree 100% all i need to hear was Refn but everything is cherry on top.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

The director of Bronson? Awesome!
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Assuming no relation to the Clive Cussler novel of the same name.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

I will see this if it gets local release, otherwise dvd/bd.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

I watched a bit of this film. I wouldn't blind buy it. It's a bit boring and I couldn't watch more than 20 minutes of the film. It sort of reminded me of a Danish version of VERSUS.
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I liked Versus, it's not amazing but I did enjoy it a lot. Hrm...
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Originally Posted by Geofferson
Assuming no relation to the Clive Cussler novel of the same name.
Needs more Matthew Mcconaughey.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Looks like it'll prob be boring. What this trailer needs is some Amon Amarth cut to the action.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

They had me with the shot with the severed head on a stick.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Looks like it's filled with some fantastic imagery. But it seems to be getting reamed as boring and pointless. But then again, I like tome poem kind of films so I'll still give it a chance.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

I'm in, good or bad....I want to see this. That imagery has me sold.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Oh I'm in too. I've read some lackluster reviews, but I've also read some very positive ones.

It's at 87%(13-2) on RT now:
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Wow...read those Bad reviews...uhh...they just didn't get it from what it looks like. And that "review" from the UK Telegraph...isn't a review..it's 2 sentences (3 at the most). What's wrong with just being mostly told by images?
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Well... this is an amazing film.

I'm blown away.

It made me think of Malick as I watched. So much said in this film, in such profound ways, by the film itself. Not the characters, not the dialogue, the director worked this on another level. You get to the point where a glance from Mikkelson in a direction, or a look from him, says volumes and you immediately know something/what's up. The incredible visual feast tells the story more than anything. Mikkelson is such a talent. Man he delivers in spades on this.

It was better than I hoped for.

I can now clearly understand the dummies in those two reviews on RT, yes they didn't get it. Dummies would miss the entire film for sure. No way the wide audience would have anything to say other than stuff like - 'it was boring, nothing happened', or 'I just kept waiting for something to happen and it never did' similar to the two negative reviews on RT.

Go out of your way to see this one.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

It seems like Pathfinder from the trailer.... and I liked pathfinder! I want to see this for sure. Mads is great.
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To be clear... this film is not like 'Pathfinder'.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

the movie must be "out there" since there are people bitching on imdb about how boring the movie is and how they turned it off
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Originally Posted by Rypro 525
the movie must be "out there" since there are people bitching on imdb about how boring the movie is and how they turned it off
You lost me at IMDB.

If there isn't a gunshot every 4 minutes to them it's automatically boring.
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pretty much. IMDB is the site that JSP goes thinking that he "knows" movies and can talk to others who are of the same mindset. It's like like the comment section on a youtube video...hilarious and dangerous for your mind.
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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Originally Posted by Rypro 525
the movie must be "out there" since there are people bitching on imdb about how boring the movie is and how they turned it off
I certainly wouldn't have expected that reaction from the wide audience.

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Re: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2010) Mads Mikkelsen

Dr. Mabuse is pretty dead-on with the Malick comparison. maybe throw in some Apocalypse Now influence as well. this was one big meditative journey, and a film that celebrates the objective of film itself: tell a story through a series of images. gee, haven't seen a film do that in a while!

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