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Sigurd is an archaeologist who, for years, has been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. He believes that a runic inscription on the ship, which translates to “man knows little”, holds the key to understanding the Norse myth of Ragnarok: the day when heaven and earth are destroyed. When his friend Allan finds similar inscriptions on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd, along with his kids, begins an expedition to uncover the secret of the day of doom. Little do they know, a discovery far beyond their imaginations awaits!
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Three archaeologists set out to solve a Viking riddle with the aid of an ancient rune stone they find. Hoping for treasure, what they find instead is very unexpected.
Reminded me slightly of the Jurassic Park films with the young children in peril and some numpty stealing eggs which belong to something that very much wants them back, but this is not a criticism as it leads to an exciting and intense film which I'd say compares well to typical Hollywood fare.
As long as you don't have a problem with subtitles I can certainly recommend this.
But it's an entertaining film to watch, even though it drags a bit at times. And it's worth watching just for the stunning scenery of northern Norway - absolutely beautiful. The cast do well enough, and it was good to see Sofia Helin in a new role (from The Bridge: Series 1 & 2 [Blu-ray] ) - this time as a tough, all action archaeologist - she'd have made a far better sidekick for Indiana Jones instead of those horrible squawking female leads that Spielberg dumped on Harrison Ford; just a shame that she would have been too young for the first couple of Indy capers...
This film is OK overall but, as others have commented, the second half is predictable and features some really, truly, grossly stupid behaviour by characters who between them must have seen similar films and should have known that you don't p*ss-off a (can't say) by (can't say). The cast are good - anything with Sofia Helin of 'The Bridge' cannot be bad - although here they're only asked to go through the numbers. There's supposed to be some Spielberg-style tension as the film gets going, but it's not well done and for that you can only blame the director. The actors are engaging and do a good job, and there's some beautiful scenery ... but it's not quite there. I'd say 4 stars are too many, but it deserves more than 3.
And it was - just about.
It started off really well, with an intriguing if slow-building atmosphere about the obsessive, single-dad, archaeologist's desire to uncover the historical facts that inspired the Ragnarok legend. Some great Scandinavian scenery, mild tension and decent enough acting - including the kids, added to the initial entertainment.
When, however, you first catch sight of the creature, you are likely to greet it with hoots of derision, as it utterly fails to convince.
The interaction with the humans feels almost like a throwback to early stop-motion animation creature-features.
Younger and less demanding viewers would probably enjoy it more, but I was expecting better. Just about merits 3 stars for the intriguing basic premise.
Then it all seemed to peter out. The original idea seemed forgotten, and it just became predictable . I admit to feeling cheated!
It was an excellent idea which would have made a brilliant series.
Basically, with the exception of the language and one suspects the budget, everything from the film score to the acting, to effects and the script, then you have a film of Hollywood standards.
Provided you are happy to cope with subtitles, an archaeologist takes his family on a "treasure hunt holiday" inf Finnmark, with the aim of proving the vikings landed where there are not expected to. However, though the find the eye of odin, it is guarded..And here it is clever (and budgetwise) because we do not see the creature until we have to and one suspect that Jurassic World lifted the scene, allowing us to imagine what the animal would look like, the mind always a powerful fear tool.
A high octane battle between human and creature ensues. All I can say is enjoy
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