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Ragnarok - The Viking Apocalypse [DVD]
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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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Norwegian Archaeologist Sigurd has been working on the Oseberg Viking ship for some years and believes that runes tell of the tale of Ragnarok, the Norse version of Armageddon for which he is ridiculed by his boss who believes this will affect private funding.
Soigurd believes the Oseberg Vikings travelled far further north than was currently believed and when his colleague Allan finds a stone with carvings on that when an ancient brooch is attached to it enables them to translate the carvings. It gives directions to the far north and the Eye of Odin where they believe a hidden treasure lies.
Sigurd takes his kids along to Finnmark in Northern Norway for their summer holiday, although they would rather be in Spain like their friends. Together with Allan, fellow archaeologist Elisabeth and a dodgy guide Leif they cross the old Norway/Russia border and find the lake they are seeking. On an island in the lake they discover a large cave and more Viking relics. When the guide shows how dodgy he really is the others are left stranded on the island but they are not alone.
It's a great family movie, most of the, admittedly few, attacks are off camera and there's nothing that should really shock a parent. The Norwegian scenery is fantastic and the orchestral soundtrack is spot on Ragnarok - Original Motion Picture Soundtrak
The creature effects are decent enough, the DVD cover gives a good idea of the beast and there's lots of action and a family friendly ending.
Yes it is in Norwegian with English subtitles but bear with it as it's well worth watching. There are no extras other than the trailer.
Oh, hang on, I'd better mention up front for those who might be of a nervous or bone idle disposition and who can't be bothered to make the effort to read the bottom of a screen that this is a Norwegian film with English subtitles.
There, that's that out of the way.
The other thing you might notice is that it has a 12 classification so don't expect a lot of blood and gore, because you'll be disappointed if that's your preference.
So, what does that leave us with?
Right, well, as I was about to say: this is a very effective little film. The 12 cert suggests it might be aimed at kids more than adults, but don't be dissuaded from giving it a go. Despite what I suspect was a very modest budget it's an extremely well made slice of entertainment with just the right amount of tension and action to hold the attention. The big plus is that the female star is Sofia Helin who plays Saga in that terrific crime series The Bridge. In this one, you actually see her smile and that has to be worth the effort of watching, surely?
There are some seriously tense sequences that'll have you gasping - no spoilers here, folks - so do yourself a favour. As long as you don't press 'play' with any great expectation, I reckon you'll be pleasantly surprised by the result. Go on, what have you got to lose..?
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.
And while the description of "Ragnarok" (original title: "Gåten Ragnarok") sounds a bit like a SyFy original movie, it's actually a rather well-made Norwegian family movie, with a slow-building sense of suspense in a remote part of the world. Despite being rather predictable, the gorgeous scenery, even more gorgeous men and some pretty decent child actors round out the story nicely, although anyone afraid of giant snakes would be advised to steer clear.
Ever since his wife's death, Sigurd Swenson (Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen) has been in a rut. He's a flaky single parent to Brage (Julian Podolski) and Ragnhild (Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd), and his job at a museum is in trouble when he starts talking about his peculiar mythological theories to the investors. But then his friend Allan (Nicolai Cleve Broch) brings him him an archaeological relic from Ye Olde Viking Days that supports those theories.
Unfortunately, further investigation will take them to a remote part of Finnmark that has been effectively abandoned ever since the Soviet Union collapsed, and hasn't been properly occupied since Ye Olde Viking Days. Sigurd's kids are horrified by the idea of spending their vacation there, but their dad won't be dissuaded.
So the four of them head off to Finnmark, where they are joined by the expert climber Elisabeth (Sofia Helin) and their obviously evil tour guide, Leif (Bjørn Sundquist), and start searching on a remote island for the ancient... whatever they're looking for.Read more ›
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not much in the way of apocalypses, nor in the way of vikings, as it happens.Published 12 days ago by barbara
Starts okay and you think when it starts its about Viking legend but its all about a big snake, the story mirrors Jurassic park 2 with the big snake looking to retrieve its young,... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mrs N Newton
The film began with real potential; and I wondered if we would discover a clever and thoughtful "source" to the term,"Ragnarok". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr David Bellamy
Good film, very interesting twist on the Ragnarok story just a shame the ending was so swift, would have like to see what happened when they made it home.Published 1 month ago by ben