A mute warrior with supernatural strength escapes his captors and sails to an unknown land with a ship full of Vikings.
" 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. "
" 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. "
" It's a chilly, often slow, uncompromisingly harsh film, but Refn's images will sear your retinas. "
" Mesmerizing ... A trippy nightmare of savage poetry burning slow across bleak and otherworldly landscapes. "
" Valhalla Rising is nothing more than an updated version of the kind of time-honored Hollywood Viking movie Kirk Douglas used to do in his sleep, which means lots of inhuman, bone-crunching violence and no plot. "
" Lots of movies about the Middle Ages can do the mud and blood -- though we sure see a lot of both here -- but in this movie it's like Refn has ripped you out of time and dropped you there. "
" You sometimes wish Refn's gift for Ridley Scott-level mayhem had won the battle over his much iffier Werner Herzog leanings. "
" A movie as maddeningly ponderous and self-important as its black-metal title. "
" It's Herzog deconstructed and reconstructed, amped up and slowed down -- like the way '60s band Vanilla Fudge used to take Top 40 hits and drag them out for most of an album side. "
" If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy. "
" It feels like a Black Sabbath song come to visual life. "
" When it comes to crazy, violent, semidelirious, testosterone-laden, proto-Viking tales about a mute visionary one-eyed warrior who breaks skulls, Valhalla Rising is pretty great. "
" The breathtaking digital photography and an atmospheric electronic score sustain the mood, and for those who see this savage journey through to the end, there are riches aplenty. "
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