Film: Valhalla Rising (Danish/English, 2009)
Somewhere between "Excalibur," "Gladiator" and an indie art film (yes, believe it or not) is "Valhalla Rising."
Much like most of the stuff I truly love...well, let's just say this is definitely not for everyone.
And if ‘The Expendables’ is your level of sophistication...this movie probably isn’t for you, as there are excellently directed and very low paced (but awesome) plot scenes along with plenty of cinematography, which only enhances the epic (and brutal) A+ action scenes.
Warning: there is at least one disembowelment going on here and there in the film but it’s all done with the finesse of director, Nicolas Winding Refn, noted for his ace work on "The Pusher" series (also highly recommended) and "Bronson."
Deceivingly marketed like a "300" movie via the poster, "Valhalla Rising" is not what it seems to portray. This mythology-inspired saga is a rare piece of art, with its dreamlike Scottish-filmed cinematography, ambient soundtrack; and philosophical concepts about war, faith, and mortality.