DVD Review: ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’

There are not a lot of Viking movies all things considered. With the success of a few recent television shows it should not come as a surprise that there are movies in the works to try and fill this gap. ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’ is one such film, and it is a weak attempt at best.

With a plot far closer to a comedy than an action flick ‘Northmen’ tracks the exploits of a group of Vikings that find themselves shipwrecked after a storm. Those that survive find themselves under attack from an enemy army, but luckily many of the survivors were also able to rescue their heavy iron swords and the enemy is quickly vanquished save one survivor. The shipwrecked pirates find a noblewoman and decide to ransom her as a means to escape. The survivor from the previous battle returns to the evil king that controlled the army that the Vikings destroyed and informs him of what happened, prompting the evil king to send out the most vile mercenaries at his disposal to wipe out the Vikings.

The plot is insanely simple and straightforward. There is no complexity anywhere to be found in this film. Characters come and go without any sort of development at all. For some films this might be okay as long as the action sequences made up for it. Unfortunately, that is not really the case here. The effects are not bad, but they are not great. Very few people are going to leave this film talking about a particular fight scene or poignant image.

‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’ is a pretty mediocre action flick. It relies more on the mythos it is based on rather than plot to tell a disappointingly simple story. While the lack of good Viking movies certainly begs for the creation of such films, this should not be what studios churn out.

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