Sept. 3, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST
Looking forward to Valhalla rising!
Sept. 3, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST
The final scene feels like a bit of a cheap gimmick, though...
Sept. 3, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST
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Sept. 3, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST
i spent two years worried that my just turned 18 year old brother in law was going to die in iraq. he finally came back with hearing damage that now disqualifies him from doing the job he hoped to get when he came out of the military. he wanted to be a cop. always wanted to be a cop. i guess i'm happy in some ways because now i won't worry for decades about finding out he died being shot in his job. but for him i am sad. his dream wiped away. all for weapons that weren't even there.
Sept. 3, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST
by Danger Mouse
Pagan vikings and crusaders missed each other by many generations. More silly made up history on film. What is wrong with all the great true stories of history?
Sept. 3, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST
If you enjoy proper, well made movies as opposed to the cut and paste, edited in a blender nonsense we're largely saddled with these days. On DVD in the UK already.
Sept. 3, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST
uh, nope. the movie takes place in 1000 AD. pretty early in the crusades, sure, but very plausible. there were norse explorers still doing their thing well into the 11th century.
Sept. 3, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST
is that in Tillman's story, they've reached a plateau. The film ends with a silent cry for help. Something needs to be done, but it's impossible to do because the powers-that-be are more interested in saving face than telling the truth. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Sept. 3, 2010, 7 a.m. CST
Capone, you might already know this. But there's a certain segment of American society which simply doesn't care what really happened to Jessica Lynch or Pat Tillman. They prefer the myth, the lie, the propoganda. Anything which allows the bubble of lies they live in to persist. Anything which attempts to pierce this bubble, will be vilified, hated, and labeled with whatever is the currently most hated insult. (Socialist, Michael Moore-ish, Communist, or that old stand-by LIBRUL) <p> Films like this are only good for one thing. Telling a different segment of the audience something that they already knew, and then convincing them that "something has been done" or that "the truth has come out" and now "justice will be served." <p> The truth is, that segment of the audience is equally as deluded. You might make the distinction between "the Powers that be" and "the Powers that were" but when it comes to Pat Tillmans case, and holding the people who were responsible ACTUALLY accountable, the Powers are the Powers are the Powers, and nothing has changed or will change. <p> Try getting funding to tell *that* in a movie, and see how far you get.
Sept. 3, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST
Sept. 3, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
If so, sign me up!
Sept. 3, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST
It's been on the On Demand service for a couple weeks now, but I've been hesitant to fork out the $7.99 or $9.99 that is charged for it. After reading the review, I think I will wait for the RedBox release. Just not sure about forking out the $8 or $10 for it.
Sept. 3, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST
"This is one of the most powerful documentaries I've seen about the Iraq War, and I've seen a lot of them."<p>Better change that line,Capone. This is not about the Iraq War. This is about a man who was killed in AFGHANISTAN. I'm sure they mentioned Afghanistan once or twice in the movie. Seriously guys, if you're going to review movies, pay attention to them.
Sept. 3, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST
We say that the “Viking age” ended in 1066 only because at that time Norse warrior stopped raiding other countries, but much of Viking age culture continued unchanged in Scandinavia and there were still many Norse warriors around and distinguishing them from their Viking age ancestors would be pretty much impossible. They looked and acted the same for many generations, they were just no longer raiding Europeans for cash anymore. And a great deal of them turned to mercenary life. The Varangian guard was working Constantinople as early as the 900’s and continued to rake in new recruits from Scandinavia and England for hundreds of years. There were actually a great deal of Norsemen, Christian and pagan alike, fighting in the crusades.
Tillman's death was such a tragedy, I've been a fan of his since he was in college. There was a good interview with one of his fellow soldiers on Jim Rome Is Burning yesterday, very enlightening. Valhalla Rising was cool too.
Sept. 3, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST
The Normans were originally Vikings who conquered parts of northern France. After conquering England in 1066, many of these 'Northmen' - including Duke Robert of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror - joined the First Crusade in 1096.
Sept. 3, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
Like a perfect storm of Terrance Malick and David Lynch. Loved it. Mads Mikkelsen will get so much work after this. The best silent-badass performance since Takeshi Kitano in Fireworks(who actually cheated and spoke a couple times).
Sept. 3, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
I saw this months ago, and I was hyped for it. I gave it every chance to impress or just plain entertain, but Jesus, it is the most boring film I've ever seen. Nothing happens. There is none of the big-scale action you would expect or demand in a film called Valhalla Rising, which sounds like an epic Braveheart-with-Vikings kind of film--there are one or two hand to hand combat scenes, over in an instant, and the so-called gore is just a few animal intestines tossed on the ground to no effect whatsoever, and a sprinkling of CGI blood. It's just about this silent viking and a few Scottish actors walking about. The stupidest part is when they end up in the New World, which looks exactly like Scotland--because it was filmed entirely there, on the moors. They wander about a bit, go a bit nuts, then wander about a bit more. It tries to be a sophisticated, important, meaningful drama, but my God, it would test the patience of a plank of wood. I've seen paint dry faster. And I'm somebody who likes a film to take it's time. But there is no plot, no characterization, no action, no point at all, so it becomes unwatchable. It's like a really bad student film. Do not waste your money on this.
Sept. 3, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST
...pretty much follows the same beats as Jon Krakauer's book 'Where Men Find Glory' on the same subject. Excellent read, and yes, it will make you angry at the government and the U.S. Army- no matter your political stripe.
Sept. 3, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST
Well spoken Nightmute. I came into this expecting a good thought-provoking and interesting viking film and instead got a bunch of dudes wandering around the countryside and staring off into space or at each other. Sure the film looks pretty but there is zero emotion or acting, just a little gruesome violence thrown in to keep people watching. Even Mads Mkikelsen does absolutely nothing except keep the same angry glare the entire film. This was just plain disappointing
Sept. 3, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST
on Pat Tillman called Where Men Win Glory. It was an absolutely engaging read (as are all Krakauer books). Jon had access to all of Pat's journals & had Pat's wife help out with the story. You'd be surprised how close Jessica Lynch's story & Pat's actually were (Pat was on the "Lynch Rescue Mission", among other similarities). This book also goes into the friendly fire incidents that have been covered up. Movie sounds good, but the book puts everything into context. A sad story, but a story that needed to be told.
Sept. 3, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST
say that Marshall_Lanes has already mentioned the book above. No other book or movie has actaul journal excerpts from Pat's journals (his views on war, society, etc.)
Sept. 4, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST
aside from the initial fight scenes, pretty boring. and the silent profile shots are swiped from old Ingmar Bergman films like Hour of the Wolf. What a pretentious piece of crap.
Sept. 5, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST
The king of the Norse dieties. It's not hard to understand.
Sept. 6, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST
unless you need to be told what to think and feel about your movies.