Don't judge a book by its cover and the same can be said for DVDs.
I have to agree with some reviews on here, that the cover is a bit of a missrepresentation but that doesn't make it a bad film. It's not a viking blood fest at all, it's a lot deeper than that. The writer/director's previous work include the film Bronson, and this offering is equaly as arty being well shot and asking you to engage, watch, think and use your mind. In fact I could completely understand and even agree with someone giving this either the 5 star and 1 star review. It will certainly split opinion and without doubt many people will hate it.
I, myself didn't mind it... that much. The story is slightly 2001 space oddysy-esque, revolving around the main character 1eye; a human monolyth who guides you to your fate. Set around a goup of christian missionary vikings, after breaking free from captivity he guides this small group of men to a what they think are the Holy Lands. I must say all this went over my head and I only learnt this when I watched it back with the director commentary - but it made sense instantly and the film is a pleasent watch even without this knowledge.
Only once or twice did I find my attention drifting in this film, which is quite an achievment when you consider the lack of both dialogue and action. Well shot, well directed with some beautiful scenery, and some excellent acting (again considering there are very few lines) the film offers something different. One to watch if you're really into film, at film school or fancy something different, but perhaps one to avoid if you don't want to work for your cinematic releif.
I feel the main problem with this film is not the film itself - but the name and the way it was presented to the people who bought it. I thought it was OK. I enjoyed it but think perhaps I should have enjoyed it more. I'll be taking it back tomorrow I think to be honest - I would have kept it had there been a little more action (its starts excellently blood and guts wise but then tapers off to very little in the way of action) and I have to agree with some other reviews: although the ending works very well for the film, especially when you consider the director's vision of a monolith who appears to guide man towards his end and then returns to the earth, it was very disappointing when you've watched a film about an ultimate warrior and there's no end battle.
So, overall, what would my advice to you be? I would say that unless you're an absolute film fiend who's seen all there is to see, or like me just simply likes watching films and can enjoy them - good or bad - I would give this film as miss. It has a lot to offer but if you only buy a few DVDs or Blu Rays to keep and watch over, I think you'll be disappointed and feel you've wasted your money here; spend it else where. There's much better films out there.
The director say this film should be approached as an acid trip - perhaps that will give you some insight into not what type of film this is, but the type of film it's not.
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