The 13th Warrior

Movie review by Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Historical action film has violence, representation issues.

R 1999 102 minutes

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age 10+

Thrilling retelling of the Beowulf saga

This is a much overlooked movie that is based on the Michael Crichton novel "The Eaters of the Dead", which itself was a playful attempt to suggest that the epic Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf was based on real events. It's very similar in style to The Magnificent Seven / Seven Samurai, whereby a small, select band of fearsome warriors unite to battle a much larger horde of baddies threatening to overwhelm a village. The biggest issue for younger kids is likely to be the violence. There are several quite bloody scenes. In reality, however, there's not much more than in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. So, if your child has seen the Peter Jackson LOTR films and was fine with them, they'll probably very much enjoy this as well. In general, I thought it was a thrilling - almost old-fashioned - historical action movie where selfless bravery triumphs over adversity. If your child is sensitive to violence, then I would advise against showing them this.

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