Ragnarok: The Viking Apocalypse
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2013 | 12 | DVD Director: Mikkel Braenne Sandemose Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist
title, which has clearly strayed from the cover of some Scandinavian death metal album. There’s nothing especially apocalyptic about this Norwegian horror – and a distinct shortfall of Vikings, come to that ( bad news if you have a taste for plaits, pillage and dragon ships).
The prologue throws some token Odin- bothering Norsemen our way, but the action quickly moves to the modern day. Our hero is an archaeologist, studying cryptic runes unearthed in a burial mound – “the biggest and most spectacular Viking find in world history,” we’re told. Played with everyman charm by Pål Sverre Hagen, he’s more muesli- fed academic than two- fisted Indiana Jones clone, struggling with single parenthood and given to quoting the Cultural Heritage Act.
As its plot follows a secret map to remote Finnmark, Ragnarok offers standard issue treasure hunt stuff before finally unmasking itself as an old- fashioned monster flick. The lamb- gobbling beastie in the lake proves to be the great Midgard serpent of Norse mythology, updating its schtick to embrace Jaws- style underwater POV shots. It’s a decent effects creation, just the right side of Syfy cheese.
The Norwegian landscapes are stunning, but Ragnarok ultimately underwhelms, its thrills neutered and family- friendly, undone by an ending that proves a scaly, slithering anti- climax.
A trailer. Nick Setchfield In Norse mythology the serpent is the arch foe of Thor. Odds are we’ll see it on- screen in 2017’ s Thor: Ragnarok.
Hey, nice lightsaber.