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Authentic feeling dark ages epic
on 31 July 2011
This is one of the very few films out there which portray dark ages Europe in an authentic and realistic manner. The plot centres around the usurpation of the throne by the King's brother and his eventual defeat by the semi-mythical founder of what would be the first historical dynasty of Poland. There's plenty of action and intrigue going on throughout the film which keeps things going right to the end.
Generally the acting is excellent (although there are a couple of hammy throw-backs to Soviet era). Costumes, sets, etc are very true to the period and the general feel of a pre-Christian society is nicely captured (although very rose-tinted!).
I have to comment on the DVD cover though - it has nothing whatsoever to do with the film!!! I've no idea where the illustrator got the bits and pieces of late medieval armour or the fantasy double-handed axe - but it wasn't from this film. Also "Forsaken by the gods, raised in hell, they will have their revenge"??? Erm, in the film the vikings are mercenaries who appear towards the end of the film - there's nothing about them being forsaken by the gods, etc. The cover makes it look like a really low-brow hack'n'slash low budget Conan clone which it definitely isn't.
I'm knocking off 1 star for the rather silly and unnecessary (but thankfully short) bit of CGI at the climax of the film.