Excerpt: Of late I've been finding it increasingly interesting to read comments and reviews by people who absolutely despise Valhalla Rising. I'm not sure why. I'm not saying all of their opinions are wrong, but... they are generally always wrong. The most common misconception is that Valhalla Rising is a movie completely open to interpretation. No. It isn't. This movie has meaning, it does make sense and it has outright points.
Summary: You must appreciate the art of film making and foreign film to appreciate this one , which i did very much. I critic if anyone actually watched this movie or much less any film without the hollywood circle.
Summary: This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I first watched "Valhalla Rising" on Netflix. I came across it while browsing the Foreign Films genre and I thought the cover looked cool, plus the small description sounded interesting. I watched it right before bed, and after it was over I was not sure if I liked it or not. Still, something about it stuck with me.
Summary: I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Given the (admittedly terrible) title, I expected a mindless actionfest with blood, guts, and plenty of Viking action. Instead, I got a moody little gem that didn't sacrifice action for art. There's some beautiful, bleak cinematography in this movie, and the overall style is reminiscent of a Western. Surreal interludes break up the gritty realism as well. Worth a look, but it should probably be watched alone.
Summary: Not everyone will understand or appreciate this movie; it's definitely not for everyone. Valhalla Rising is rife with Norse mythology and interesting metaphors (caveat emptor: the metaphors will be lost on those who lack understanding or knowledge of Norse culture and mythology and the history of the time period). The action and landscape sequences are beautifully shot; albeit the movie moves at a pace slower than many current movie-goers can handle.
Summary: One of the best films I have ever, ever watched. The lack of dialogue gives much time for you to immerse yourself into a dreamlike sequence and let your mind ponder on what is occurring. Very abstract, very different, VERY visually compelling, and the acting was top notch. It was also extremely realistic, portraying the time period perfectly. I felt like I was watching a moving painting. Thank you, Netflix.
Summary: Nicholas Winding Refn's "Valhalla Rising" is quite, suspenseful, profound, and powerful. Its a movie strongly for the sophisticated audiences due to its silent dialogue and mind blowing scenes. I actually liked the smart director for providing us such viking movie in a time of explosions and guns. Kudos!!!
Excerpt: I am not enthralled by the movie overall but decided it was worth owning it previously viewed mainly for the imagery which is definitely outstanding for the most part. The visuals are heavily manipulated and the scenery is gorgeous. It is unfortunate however that there are a handful of scenes where the sky shows horrible banding. These occurrences are the only thing that prevents this Blu Ray from an otherwise better rating for Video quality.
Excerpt: As is said in another review the UK cover is seriously misleading. I'm really not sure what this movie was about, I'm not even sure the director knows what it's about ; ) maybe loss of faith,madness. . . . . Inwatched this to the end in hopes I'd get some idea but nothing to be honest I was even more confused. Definitely not one I'd watch again. The picture quality & audio quality is very good & the scenery shots are really good in the movie.