Film Reviews, Short Review

Valhalla Rising (2009)


Valhalla Rising has frequently been likened to a Viking version of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre: The Wrath of God. It’s an apt comparison. A group of hairy Vikings attempt to get to the Holy Land in the name of Christianity, but end up in North America. Never mind the fact that you have to be an incredibly awful navigator to aim for the Holy Land and end up in Canada, this is still a very atmospheric, hazy, visual trip of a film. It’s frequently violent and brutal, as Nicolas Winding Refn’s films often are. It is arguably a little shallow at times, but that doesn’t stop this from being a very evocative piece of filmmaking.


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