My ancestors being of Scandinavian descent we selected to watch thismovie at Bare Bones festival.
We were expecting some gore and barbaric scenes however my husband andI were wonderfully surprised to discover not only a unique andinteresting story but a movie fit for the entire family.
Yes there were some fierce battles and fights but it was made in asomewhat non-gory, very "un- Hollywood" styled way so that even ourgrand children would feel comfortable watching.
The director who was even there in person took time before and afterthe movie to answer any questions.
I saw this movie theatrically in Karup bio. it left a lastingimpression.
I think some of the negative reviews must come from people who tookthis movie far too seriously.
it was filmed in 2 weeks only, from reading about this project. theproducer performed nothing short of a miracle. a film takes months todo. So lets give them that credit.
What we have here is good, old-fashioned film-making style--the actorsknew it--the director knew it--so lighten up, and enjoy this excitingadventure.
I'm sure that Gantzler and Vedsegaard realized that they were not goingto win Oscars for this movie--but sometimes even the best actors liketo do things that are fun !. Mr. Vedsegaard must have had a ball,wearing an outlandish wig, as they wore in the classic movie "the longship".
Movie buffs will see many familiar faces in this one, although--in anumber of cases--they may not be so apparent at first. Terrificcharacter actor, Erik Holmey , and beautiful belly dancers --.
Anyway--for history scholars and lovers of authenticity--enjoy. thismovie is for us who like pure entertainment, "an exciting voyage !
First of all the information war on IMDb, how can this movie get highergrade than pulp fiction?!? Get sane people!!! So that's about that youhave to stop the inflation in scores.
This movie is a what it says it is a "vikinga saga". The usualingredients Love & Revenge.
The movie itself is effects wise not great. What I did like though wasthe pacing and that the movie did not spend a lot of time trying toexplain things to the "dumb" audience, but trusted ourempathy/intelligence. And so I found myself with the feeling that I was"reading the best parts of a book".
Then I also felt they've been looking at other major Hollywood picturesand stolen some tiny pieces of them like the movies Alexander, MemoirsOf a Geisha, and so on. If they would have dropped that and justtrusted themselves the filming itself would have been even better.
The movie is amateur-ish but the pacing and storytelling is so good,clean of rubbish, that I simply decided to turn off the critique whenit comes to filming and effects and coordinated stunts and fight scenesand just totally focus on the story. I clearly felt it was higher than5 in score but it had a dip in the middle, a short one, and then pickedup again. At most I felt it deserved a 6. So where does my finalverdict end up ..... hmmmm ..... avoid inflation in score .... 5.1 ...no .... yes .... no .... 5.1 ... yes 5.1 it is .
Thank you for your time. Pretty good story.
I enjoyed this little indie film.
from reading the boards opinions vary greatly, but thats the subjectivething about film/art.
I enjoyed the story, and the subplots. The actors contributed well tothe storyline although I would have liked to see a bit more close upsbut thats besides the point.
I enjoyed the editing techniques which toggle between present and past.
its amazing that viking villages still exists. I really enjoyed theauthenticity of those longhouses , viking boats and splendid vikingbattle combined with a vikingish montage. very artistic.
its obviously a low budget ( less than 5 million dollars) but its stilla nice little indie movie regardless of some of the less thancommendable remarks made here.
I think Im taking a trip to visit scandinavia next summer to visit thisplace.
Now this is good independent cinema considering it was extremely lowbudget and shot in only 2 weeks!!! wow!.
I went to the First Take Film Fest and watched several films. But thisone stood out from the crowd.
A VIKING movie done by an independent producer and from my researchthis fellow wrote directed and produced this by himself with his ownmoney.
It was well put together, acting and direction were good, and musicscore simply AMAZING and on par with any major "hollywood" score.
And it was edited in an abstract but intriguing way so you had to payattention or possibly get a little lost. very sneaky idea and it madeit more mysterious.
And there was a superb viking battle very well done with some specialeffects only done by major studios. The audio ( which in Indy filmstend to be mediocre at best,) was perfect.
Overall very good.
for an self produced Indy film: EXCELLENT.
watch out Hollywood the"low budget" vikings are coming.!!!
This movie isn't the way it's poster shows, and I assure you that ifyou don't consider my comment as a friendly warning then you'll feelvery sorry after or even before finishing this movie.
Those who have written good comments about this movie doesn't knowabout the real sense of what is called a movie at all.
Despite of it's cheapness, actors are so pathetic specially thechildren - They have successfully put this movie in entire mess fromthe very beginning. It has a very bad choreography, bad make-up, thebrave uncle got a funny mustache that doesn't appear to be true. If youcan't make it look real then why bother to have one? It was plainlybetter without it.
This an ultimate insult to the audience.
Okay, so it's low budget and yes, there's going to be limits to whatyou can do if you haven't got the cash but here's a good example of afilm that needed to reign in it's scope and give over it's meagerbudget to a script writer who could perhaps deliver a character basedstory instead of this over extended film.
The story is a stock one of a hero who as a child witnesses theirvillage being slaughtered, they grow up and you can guess the rest.It'll be familiar in fact to anyone who's seen Hrafninn fl?gur (WhenThe Raven Flies, 1984) but with more badly acted childhood scenes thanyour nearest school nativity play. In fact most casual viewers aregoing to be put off the film in the first twenty minutes because of thepoor acting from the children in it - all except one child extrathough, who during a camp fire story can be seen yawning and fidgetingas much as the audience probably is.
Then you have some really, really bad sound dubbing. Some dialoguesounds like it was re-done with a tape recorder in a church hall,complete with echo and background hiss, then dubbed back over.
So it's a low budget film and the maker's have rather cleverly usedviking re-enactors in scenes such as the establishing shots of Kiev andthe final climactic battle at the end. Unfortunately the costumes ofthe re-enactors, with all the proper kit they've got, actually shows uphow basic the principal character's costumes are.
Then there's the cutting in of the film's principal actors into thepreviously recorded re-enactors battle scenes. They used to make post-World War II fighter ace films by cutting shots of the actors in acockpit in with real footage of an actual dogfight. That's a trickthey've tried to do here with a re-enactment battle but it's so obviousthanks to the different lighting, camera style, grade of film andbackground scenery that it's almost comical. You can see the maincharacters alone in a frame slashing at nothing because they were nowhere near the actual re-enactment battle in the first place!
So all in all it's not a great movie, even for an independent lowbudget one. Put it this way, if you've seen Severed Ways: The NorseDiscovery of America (2007) and managed to get to the end of it you'llprobably make it to the end of this film. Just don't expect a greatviking experience.
The music is bad, the acting is below par, I can't tell the dubbedvoice of the main character from his internal dialogue and thestoryboarding is horrible. Not to mention the special effects and propsand costumes. The very LEAST the director could do was to remove thebar-code sticker from the supply-store bought axe Helgi throws at thetree.
You'd think that the director has never seen a film in his life letalone studied any cinematic or storytelling techniques in order toprepare for creating this one.
I give this film one star, because it is simply the worst film I haverever seen. I judge my films from what I have seen so far and I don'treally let budgets interfere with my opinion. Because you have lessmoney to make a film, you should focus on what is actually possible todo WITHIN the budget.