What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vikingdom is a 2013 medieval fantasy movie filled with near-constant medieval fantasy-style violence. Characters are constantly doing battle with swords, axes, and arrows and are shown being killed in many ways with these weapons. Some of these instances are quite graphic -- a man is shown getting his eye plucked out of its socket, another man has his arm chopped off by an ax, and a man is killed as an arrow shoots upward through his jaw and out his forehead. There also is occasional use of the F-word, as well as some other profanity. Early in the film, a man is shown urinating outside his village.
What's the story?
The god Thor (Conan Stevens) has assembled a vast army to destroy Christian villages and take control of the hammer from Valhalla, Mary Magdalene's necklace, and a magical horn before the time of the blood eclipse. Meanwhile, Eirick (Dominic Purcell), an undead warrior, joins forces with a mighty warrior named Sven, and they assemble an army to try to prevent Thor from accomplishing his evil tasks. With their ragtag gang of warriors, Eirick and Sven board a ship piloted by a warrior woman named Brynna (Natassia Malthe), and, along the way, they face Eirick's evil brother, vicious warriors, and sultry sirens.
Is it any good?
Essentially, VIKINGDOM is one giant series of violent medieval battle scenes in search of a story. Characters dress like Swedish pop singers from the '70s as they fight on sets that look like they're from heavy-metal videos from the '80s. Outside the parameters of battle, the acting that requires any kind of nuance and emotion is universally bad, and the dialogue frequently resorts to fantasy self-parody -- for instance, Stonehenge is called, for some reason, "the henge of Stone."
The extreme violence in the movie -- warriors are shown losing their limbs and their eyes, and, in one instance, an arrow is shown shooting upward through a warrior's jaw and poking out of his forehead -- makes this one for teens and older, but, at the end of the day, this is basically a series of battle sequences stitched together with too much CGI, too much bad acting, bombastic dialog, and cheap production values.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the movie's violence. Was it necessary to the story? Why or why not?
How does this movie compare to other medieval fantasy-style movies?
Where did this movie deviate from traditional Norse legend? How could you find out more about these ancient tales?