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The 13th Warrior 1999

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land...

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This film flopped at the box office, but it's such a watchable movie. It's the type of movie you can watch over and over again and not get tired of it. The beginning is especially entertaining, but the momentum of this film carries through to the end. Some great characters, some great scenes and both dopilus and c-beams are correct in that this is a retelling of Beowulf via a novel by Michael Crichton.
If you haven't seen this film yet, give it a go. It may very well surprise you.
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This is based on Michael Crichton's "Eaters of the Dead"
Good book, good movie.
I just found out this was a re-imagined version of Beowulf.
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This is one of those hidden gem films that have been overlooked throughout the years.
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So yeah, definitely check it out when you get a chance; you won't be disappointed. 7.2/10
One of my favourite movies. The fact that there's a Spaniard playing an Arab sword fighting with Norsemen is in itself fun to watch, but the movie really holds my attention every time. I particularly dig the sound editing in this one.
DEM SOME RUDE BWOYS, MAHN.
For those of you who enjoy watching the "Vikings" series, here is an excellent norsemen movie to watch..you have your gore/blood/action/adventure all rolled into one ... not to mention you have Antonio Banderas in it!!
"Lo, there do I see my father ... 'Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters and my brothers ... Lo, there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning ....Lo, they do call to me ... They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla ... Where the brave ... May live...
... Forever" ... In AD 922, an important emissary who is banished from his homeland. The nomadic outcast comes across a band of Norse warriors who coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path. Eventually surrounded by the frightening and ferocious foe, Ibn must conquer his personal fears and help battle the illusive invaders--who emerge out of the shroud of fog in the black of the night.
As I start to review the movies I own, I have to start with the 13th Warrior. This is just my kind of movie, pointless sword swinging with heads flying everywhere. Though the 13th Warrior is a been there done that action movie it nonetheless enjoyable to watch. The Viking backround was well created, without any real stars besides Antonio Bandaras the movie is not covered in poor accents and even poorer acting.

Far from a quality movie, with similar storyline to other's in it's genre, the 13th warrior still kept me on the edge of my seat with each action sequence. All in all if you enjoy swords in a mythical time with lots of bloodshed and pointless killing this could most definately be a movie for you.
I'm not an Antonio Banderas fan by any means, but he does a great job in parts and movies that are well written. Also I'm rather amused by the negative reviews I've seen that boil down to "I wanted more effects," or "I don't get it."

The 13th Warrior is a simple adventure movie. The more advanced cultures around the Mediterranean were coming into contact with the primitive tribes of Europe. And in Europe there were tribes even less advanced than the Vikings depicted in the 13th Warrior (i.e. the cannibals.) I found the differences in technology and customs very intriguing. Add to that the idea of one man's superstition being another man's religion, and you get a solid film that is more than just a time killer. When such movies are "wet" with effects, you often see characters that are one dimensional or plots that take the cheap way out of relying strictly on effects rather than the art of story telling. The 13th Warrior tells its story honestly.
Some of the better stuff out there. Not sure how this system works yet.
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