Northmen: A Viking Saga Blu-ray Review
“Northmen: A Viking Saga” is a repetitious film.
En route to a raid, a banished group of outlaw Vikings become shipwrecked during a storm. As they wake up at an unknown location (which they later learn is Scotland), they immediately find trouble when they are attacked by soldiers. After easily slaying the soldiers, they find a soothsayer woman and decide to hold her for ransom. Unbeknownst to them, however, they have the king’s daughter. Meanwhile, the king has marked the Vikings for death and his sent his best men to kill them. Naturally, the Viking’s ransom does not go as planned as they are now on the run from the king’s men. Will the Vikings find freedom or are they all doomed to die.
Made to no doubt cash-in on the success of the popular “Vikings” TV series, “Northmen: A Viking Saga” is an action film that is light on character and plot and heavy on action. In fact, the film is essentially a glorified chase movie as the Vikings merely try to escape the clutches of the king’s men through 90% of the film. As you can probably guess, that gets pretty tiresome, and yet, the movie is still somehow watchable. Even with the endless chasing, bad accents, the sometimes cartoony character battles, the constant crys of “No!” and the predictable outcome, ‘Northmen’ does manage to hold your attention thanks to some solid performances by stars Tom Hopper and Ryan Kwanten (who plays the mysterious monk) and intense action sequences. This is by no means a recommendation, but you can certainly do worse than see ‘Northmen’ (you could see the awful “Hammer of the Gods”).
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The lush exteriors shine in hi-def.
Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? This is a lively track. ‘Nuff said.
* Anchor Bay trailers.
* “Northmen: A Look Inside A Viking Saga”- A 12 minute featurette that contains cast interviews, film clips, and character and story discussions.
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