Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit.
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
Asbjorn and his Viking men are stranded in Scotland after losing their boat. They encounter a band of soldiers transporting princess Inghean to her wedding. After a fierce battle, they take her hostage. She has special powers of perception. King Dunchaid sends his men after them. They find a Christian monk who could guide them home.It's a lower budget action adventure. It has no big names. The production and CGI is lower level. It's a rather simple chase fight movie. The plot does take a few questionable turns. It needs work to make it more exciting and the characters more compelling. The lead has limited charisma. This has some watch-ability value but not great even as a B movie.
For a medieval fantasy flick, Northmen does look the part. It has fine cinematography and quite gory battle as the characters literally spend bulk of the movie running and fighting in nice vistas. They, however, lack the appeal or novelty to set up a grand tale it's meant to be, making the tour into foreign land a loud yet bland one.Story revolves around a group of Vikings, or Northmen, as they journey through unfamiliar territory. The group has internal strife and ambition for riches, but none of their story is fully fleshed out. The motives or back stories, even for the antagonist role, are often glossed over. Furthermore, the movie introduces many typical characters such lost princess and the enigmatic priest, each with their own equally monotonous issue.With stack of characters, it's unfortunate that none of them is actually interesting. The actors work with passable acting, but the script is basically told while they are in constant running. It buries the story as they roar and slash their way through. When the supposed dramatic scenes play out, chances are audience wouldn't be invested on these characters.It does possess good visual, camera work and design. There are set pieces that offer decent skirmish, both in daylight or night time. Credit when credit is due, most movies with fantasy theme often become blurry as the fight continues after dawn, but Northmen gives good graphic and lighting even in these instances. Action is presentable as well, bit crude at times, but fits the theme nonetheless.As an action movie, it benefits from above average presentation, however the story doesn't venture beyond the realm of mediocrity.
I had hoped for so much better! This was an appalling film...hammy sets, dreadful innaccuracies both in costume and setting. Meant to be in Scotland (I am Scottish) and I have never seen such inauthentic locations. Historical facts are dodgey, costumes not good, miss-chosen cast! After seeing such a magnificent interpretation of Viking life in TV series Vikings...this was laughable! SORRY GUYS, but in the UK we are a bit more clued up about it - it happened to us! This film was an insult to Scandinavian Vikings and Scots alike! I have travelled extensively between Denmark and Sweden to research viking history which is very much intermingled with Scottish culture - how can you get it so wrong? Where were the locations? Not Dcotlsnd and that is obvious!!! Wanted to like this - complete rubbish!
Reviewed by: Dare Devil Kid (DDK)Rating: 3.7/5 starsExcellent Viking film. A few, and strictly just a few representations might be historically, culturally, or factually inaccurate, but when a movie is this entertaining, all is forgiven. Pay a deaf ear to the naysayers and give it a shot. You'll be blown away by the pulsating action and the highly intense drama.And yeah, "Merlin" alumnus and current star of the TV show "Black Sails", Tom Hopper, displays the necessary chutzpah and body language to pass of as a believable lead in a period action film.