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August 12, 2011


By: Megan Arnall
 Vikings, interplanetary soldiers, dragon looking aliens, Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman…VIKINGS.  If that doesn’t sound like a good time to you, then you are seriously missing out my friends.  I admit, when Mark told me we were going to watch this movie, I was thinking ‘Hey I’ve never heard of that so it must be some lame low budget movie that I will end up groaning loudly with annoyance over.” Well, was I ever wrong…and shocked.  Not only is this movie fun and really entertaining- the production quality, acting, set design, digital effects and so much more are really good!
A man from another planet crashes his spaceship in ancient Norway and must adapt to life in this (seemingly to him) primitive culture.  Fitting in is hard enough, but bringing your alien nemesis along with you can really make making new friends difficult.
First contact? Nice try with the tagline Cowboys & Aliens, but this movie takes place in 709 AD, a mere 2500 years earlier.  Why wasn’t this movie more popular? Were movie goers just not geeking out enough at the time? Whatever the reason, I think you should make it your quest tonight to find this movie and have some swords, sandals, and spaceships fun!
Fun Facts:
  • Karl Urban (of RED, Star Trek, LOTR) was originally in talks to be the star of the film…Thomas Jane and Sean Bean were also considered for the part
  • Moorwen, the dragon-like alien nemesis in the film was designed after Morlock from H.G. Well’s The Time Machine….it was also designed for free for the movie, WHAT?!?!! Oh did I also mention that this guy, Patrick Tatopoulos, made creatures for Independence Day, Underworld, Pitch Black, 10,000 BC and much more…yea and he did this for FREE
  • Old Norse is the language spoken in the beginning of the film, this marks the first time it was used in a movie
3 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    August 12, 2011 11:25 am

    Meg, you viking roadie, you!
    I loved this movie and felt the same way: how is it that almost no one knows about this movie!?! It had great effects, a neat premise and some clutch actors.

    • mmarnall permalink*
      August 16, 2011 1:47 pm

      Ha! When it comes to vikings, I don’t think I have a chance fighting against them. Being that Mark is Swedish and Dutch and loves all things viking. 🙂 But I agree, it is crazy that know one really knows about this movie, there isn’t even a whole lot about it on the internet. How did people miss this geek-tastic gloriousness? Are we that much nerdier than the rest of the general population….nay, it is not nerdiness…it is something I like to call intelligence 😉


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