A viking chief's pet escapes his cage and goes travelling with a band of viking~christian warmongers, attempting to storm the promised land, only to realise they've actually drifted off course, into a nightmare world of existential self discovery, with the ultimate destination being their own heart of darkness...
Got this expecting a cheap, action filled gore~fest and ended up watching it on a sunday afternoon! Doh! Major mistake, I should've saved this one until about 1am before starting it, intoxicated...Surreal, violent and well shot, with hardly any talking and packed with sumptuous scenery, with only some fake looking cgi blood squirts slightly spoiling the impact.
A great film, and loads better than it should have any right to be going off the cover, for me, I just wish I'd be surprised by more films in this way, but, usually it's the reverse.
Yes it probably is pretentious and up its own back end. So what! I thought it was different and I liked where the director was coming from when I listened to his commentary (which he does along with Dale Winton as part of the extras!), whilst drinking absinthe from a monkey's skull!
If you are a prospective buyer of this movie and you have an open mind and like all genres of cinema, I say go for it! And I wouldn't blame you if you brought some drugs to the table when watching it (not that I promote that kind of thing)! If on the other hand you enjoy more conventional, consumerist, popular cinema, stay clear, because you will no doubt hate it!