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Timetrip: The Curse of the Viking Witch (Vølvens forbandelse)

Movie review by
Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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Historical time-hopping adventure has a lot of violence.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 93 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Shows importance of learning and studying. A sibling relationship develops from being dismissive of each other to being kind and supportive. Help others. On the other hand, minor instances of poor behavior often go unpunished and without repercussions. And there's some bribery, blackmail, and gambling.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sille's journey from fearful to brave is inspiring. Some gender stereotyping involving well-behaved girls and badly behaved boys. Most adults are selfish, often putting children in danger. Mechanics are all male and are portrayed as lazy and greedy.

Violence

Swordfights in which people are stabbed, slashed, impaled, though there are few close-ups and little gore. Characters are slapped, punched, pushed with force. Knife held to child's throat. Car crash due to reckless driving. A hand is trapped in a door and bent into an unnatural shape. A character is left in a burning barn to die. Some potential scares, such as when a child is left alone at night.

Sex

Kissing. Mild flirting.

Language

One example of "s--t" and one of "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink and smoke. In historical scenes, such as in the Middle Ages, characters drink merrily at festivities and meals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Timetrip: The Curse of the Viking Witch (Vølvens forbandelse) is a Danish-language family adventure with peril and violence. There are many swordfights in which characters are stabbed, slashed, and impaled, but there's little gore. A child has a knife held to their throat, and another character is left to die in a burning barn. At one point a character is home alone at night, with creaks and noises that could be scary. A teen steals their parents' car and crashes it. There are a few instances of bribery and blackmail. One character is presented as having no friends and experiencing loneliness. There's also some talk of death and losing loved ones, which could be upsetting for some. Characters smoke and drink throughout, often befitting the time periods. Language includes one use of "s--t," plus "damn."

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What's the story?

In TIMETRIP: THE CURSE OF THE VIKING WITCH teen Valdemar (Jonas Wandschneider) discovers that physics teacher Benedict (Jakob Cedergren) has a secret time machine in his office. Benedict tells Valdemar that he's actually from the Viking Age and has been cursed with immortality by a witch called Vølven (Stine Stengade). Together with his younger sister, Sille (Clara Maria Bahamondes), Valdemar agrees to go back in time to find a crucifix that will break Benedict’s curse. Along the way, the siblings travel to different eras of the past, meeting famous figures -- both good and evil -- and learn about both history and each other.

Is it any good?

The plot of this fantasy adventure isn't particularly original, but the story is well crafted. Despite moments of danger, the tone is mostly light and enjoyable, and the young actors are likable. Different moments in time are realized with notable attention to detail, and there's the potential for audiences to learn a little about history. The time machine special effects are bright and exciting -- especially when the characters are pulled through a whirling vortex at great speed -- which will thrill younger viewers.

Obstacles come thick and fast, but both Valdemar and Sille are resourceful in their own ways. The relationship between the two is realistic and touching. The character of Vølven the witch is age-appropriately dark and threatening, while the cursed Benedict, despite some flaws, is sympathetic enough to get onboard with his mission. If you can suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, Timetrip: The Curse of the Viking Witch is a fun, heartwarming mix of present-day tween drama, sci-fi, and historical adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Timetrip: The Curse of the Viking Witch. Is it realistic? Does that impact how you feel about it?

  • Discuss Valdemar and Sille's relationship. What did they think of each other at the beginning of the movie, and how did their attitudes change by the end?

  • What do you think the lessons were in the movie? Which characters learned the most important ones?

  • Talk about time travel. Which era of history would you choose to return to, and why?

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