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We’ll just come out and say it: The world needs more Viking movies.

They were one of the most brutal, pitiless civilizations in human history, with profound statements on war, civilization and unaccomodated humanity built right into any story you might tell. There’s already a great short story, but for some reason every time a filmmaker tries to take it on they end up with something like this. But the Danes may be about to set things straight.

The picture above is from Valhalla Rising, a Norse flick from Nicolas Refn that’s gradually making its way to American shores. The gentleman in the picture is Mads Mikkelsen—also known as the bad guy from Casino Royale—who plays a mute, one-eyed gladiator-slave (take a second on that one) making an Aguirre-esque journey to Jerusalem with a group of Christian missionaries. By all accounts, it’s completely insane, and only the beginning of the Viking revival. Let’s just try to make it better than the pirate resurgence of the early 00s.

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