Saturday, August 04, 2007
I traded in some old DVDs today at Movie Stop and thus was able to get two brand new DVDs for the grand total of $2.28. I got 300 and Pathfinder, two sword slashing films if there ever were. Just watched Pathfinder. I'd heard a couple of bad reviews of the film but I rather enjoyed it. It is very violent, with much blood and gore, but it has some really great action sequences.
The films concerns a viking child who is left behind in America after an ill-fated Norse raid and is raised by native Americans. Fifteen years later, a really mean band of Vikings come to the new world and decide to wipe out all the native populace before settling. Much hacking and stabbing ensues. Having just spent the last six or so months studying the Norsemen, I can tell you that the makers of this film know next to nothing about Vikings, but hey it's an action movie, not a documentary. The vikings are pretty much treated as monsters. You rarely see the faces of any of them behind their historically innacurate horned helments, and most of them don't have any lines. The two lead vikings are played by Clancy Brown, who was the villain in the original Highlander film, and by Ralf Moeller, who played Conan in the short lived Conan TV series.
The hero is Karl Urban, probably best known for the Lord of the Rings. In the extras, the director mentions that he lucked out in that three of his stars had already done a lot of sword fighting movies so he didn't have to send them to boot camp.
Anyway, it's not a great movie, but as someone once noted, if you like this kind of thing you'll probably like it.
It's been a real flashing swords kind of weekend here so far, all and all. Last night I re-watched The Scorpion King, which is probably the best Conan movie anyone has made, even if it doesn't have Conan in it. The films Mesopotamian setting at least looks like the Hyborian Age, and the Rock makes a great Conan-style hero. Much better than either Conan the Barbarian or Conan the Destroyer. Kind of reminds me of the first Beastmaster film, which I liked. Better production values but a similar feel.
Dunno if I'll get around to 300 tonight or wait until tomorrow. I'm sure I'll let you know.