Valhalla Rising
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For years, the fearsome figure known only as One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen - PUSHER, FLAME & CITRON, CASINO ROYALE) has defeated everyone he's encountered, but he's treated more like an animal than a warrior. The only person he has any relationship with is the young boy who brings him food and water daily. Constantly caged and shackled, One Eye has drawn the attention of a new force now sweeping the countryside and displacing the society's leaders: Christians.-- (C) IFC Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a chilly, often slow, uncompromisingly harsh film, but Refn's images will sear your retinas."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a trip into a primordial world and primeval sensibilities, and if you're looking to shake off the mall-movie blahs, there are few better places to look."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"Mikkelsen verifies that, even without saying a word, he's an unnervingly unhinged presence."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Directed in moody and portentous strokes by Nicolas Winding Refn, this is the most abstract Viking movie you'll ever see..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"I appreciate Refn for pushing against conventions of rhythm, photography, subject, color, and form, and I don't mind that Valhalla Rising lacks a story so much as I question its reliance on enigmatic hints of some grand, over-arching abstraction."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Like a John Milius film reduced to its pure, masculine essence and shot through one of Alejandro Jodorowsky's lens filters."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Filled with brutality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Less Braveheart than Aguirre, The Wrath of God, this evocative Viking tone poem contemplates the convergence between violence and religion."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"It's like a gorgeous graphic novel with a protagonist and story that vanish utterly from the mind as soon as the last page is turned."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"You sometimes wish Refn's gift for Ridley Scott-level mayhem had won the battle over his much iffier Werner Herzog leanings."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Refn, who can pull off stylish brutality (in the Pusher films and Bronson), shows no knack for the kind of visionary, hallucinatory image making that would render Valhalla Rising memorable."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"A mad meditation on the primeval nature of man, faith and survival, this is Apocalypse Then, and then some."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A Nordic odyssey straight down to Jerusalem"
‑ Paul Knoll, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Aguirre as conceptualized by Jim Jarmusch and executed by Terrence Malick."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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