Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America
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Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America
In the 11th century, Vikings, Indians, and Irish monks collide on the shores of North America in a historical epic adventure of exploration, personal glory, and religious dominance. Abandoned by a Western exploration party and stranded in the New World, two lone Vikings wade through a grand primeval landscape, struggling for survival while still in the grip of their Norse ways. An impressive DIY epic, "Severed Ways" features a frosty black-metal soundtrack, including Burzum, Morbid Angel, Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stone's admirable and persuasive evocation is unfortunately marred by his self-defeating resort to flurries of claustrophobic, fragmented hand-held shots that obfuscate just about every crucial plot development in the film."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"If nothing else, Mr. Stone, from his tangled hair to dirty feet, has taken himself and his story into the beyond -- way, way beyond."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"More or less what you'd have if Ingmar Bergman had shot The Blair Witch Project..."
‑ Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
"That director Tony Stone concocted and nearly pulls off this gruff, truly indie flick, maintaining our interest -- mostly -- through slow, wordless curio makes him a director to watch."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"A pretentious, tedious, jarring and grueling test of a viewer's patience."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A must-see."
‑ Ron Stringer, L.A. Weekly
"Largely lacking in dialogue (if not unintentional hilarity), this intensely personal project is proof positive that Bill and Ted grew up to become filmmakers."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Severed Ways exudes a specific and unique vibe, and youre either going to get into it or youre not...If youre willing to just stop, look and listen, you might have a good time."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Captivating locations can't overcome deplorable scenes of defecation and actually killing a hen onscreen. This is so slow and lacking in pace it tries one's patience."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Seems more informed by low-budget History Channel programs and the proto-metal Norse lore of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song.""
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Severed Ways is one of the oddest movies I've seen in a while -- and that's a good thing."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The spectacle of two dudes mucking about in the primal forest becomes tedious..."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"One of the more beautifully shot films of the long as the camera is standing still."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Gorgeous cinematography of fabulous wilderness landscape cannot compensate for the self-indulgence and viewer-alienating technique of a clueless rookie director/writer/actor."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Minimalist independent cinema doesn't get much more low fidelity than debut writer/director Tony Stone's garish vision of 11th century Vikings discovering North America."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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