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vrijdag 16 september 2011

Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising is een film uit 2009. De film heeft een 5.8 op IMDB.

De film is onderverdeeld in 6 delen en gaat over One-Eye. De film is opgenomen in Schotland. De beelden zijn mooi. Er wordt weinig gepraat in de film. Hieronder de trailer van de film:

De muziek geeft de film een extra dimensie. De gehele soundtrack is te zien via Youtube:

Hieronder de Wikipedia beschrijving afkomstig van Wikipedia Valhalla Rising:

Part I Wrath

A mysterious mute Norse warrior only known as One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen), is held captive up above in misty highlands by the chieftain Barde (Alexander Morton), where he is forced to fight to the death against other tattooed men. While One-Eye is imprisoned, a young boy named Are tends to him regularly, bringing him food and water. One-Eye is shown to have the ability to foresee events in his dreams; a dream of him bathing in a pond leads him to discover an arrowhead on the bottom of a water bed. Using the arrowhead, he breaks free, slaughters everyone except for Are and a warrior that he lets escape, and places the head of the chieftain on a stake.

Part II Silent Warrior

While leaving the land, One-Eye soon realizes that Are is pursuing him in curiosity. Together, they reach a small settlement of Crusaders, Christians ready to embark on a crusade to Jerusalem. The leader of the group, Eirik (Ewan Stewart), asks One-Eye to join him. He reasons that, live or die, One-Eye may cleanse his soul of sin by committing to the Crusades.

Part III Men of God

The Crusaders, Are, and One-Eye are on a boat destined for Jerusalem. The crew is broken, thirsty and hungry, and with no wind for several days, a thick fog shrouds them constantly, preventing them from determining their direction or location. Lost, the crew begins to believe that the voyage is cursed, which some attribute to the presence of One-Eye's companion, the boy, Are. Mutiny nearly arises as a crew member is killed by One-Eye when he attempts to murder Are. Later, sensing a change, One-Eye takes a drink from the water and discovers that the boat is actually in an estuary and no longer at sea. With the fog dissipating, the crew sees the first sight of land off into the distance.

Part IV The Holy Land

Upon landing, to their surprise, the Holy Land is not a place of vast empty desert one might expect in the Middle East, but rather resembles the taiga, with vast forests full of lakes and mountains. The crew sets out to explore the area, finding no animals to hunt, and no food to eat. Nearly starved, the crew continues until coming across some aboriginal burial sites. One of the crew members, Hauk (Gary McCormack), leaves the group to venture on his own. Upon realizing they have not reached Jerusalem, the crew prepares the ship to depart and head home. While on water, the group is taunted by a single arrow, killing one of their men. Terrified, they soon come to believe that they are in Hell.

Part V Hell

Upon reaching a nearby shore, the men drink a psychotropic brew given to them by their leader. One Eye's dreams begin to intensify, and he wades to a small island to construct a cairn. Meanwhile, the other men break off around the water, and embrace different emotions, including apathy and desperation. Some pray, others wander, others wait. One of the men rapes another in a rage. One-Eye and the group are confronted by Hauk who emerges from the forest naked, his skin covered in mud in which runes are drawn. Hauk says he can hear One-Eye's thoughts, and translates that the warrior is saying they are in Hell. The crew becomes divided, with some trying to attack One-Eye in fear, and he kills them.

Part VI The Sacrifice

Arrows from the forest continue to taunt and slaughter ones left behind. Soon after, the band breaks off. The chieftain of the crusaders stays behind, intending to create a new Jerusalem. Hauk only laughs at him. Two of the crusaders, the chieftain's son Gorm (Jamie Sives) and a man named Kare (Gary Lewis), follow One-Eye. They reach the top of a tall hill. Kare sits down and, after talking to One-Eye, the chieftain's son goes back to his father, knowing the man is probably dead and that he will die, too. As One-Eye leaves, Are looks on Kare, expecting him to follow. Kare only gives the boy a warm smile, knowing he will be safe with One-Eye. Kare stays behind, mortally wounded by a dagger thrust to his side, dealt to him by the chieftain upon informing him of his intent to depart with One-Eye. He is last seen watching over the landscape, with an aura of light around him, presumably dead and with his sons once more. One-Eye and Are successfully reach the coastline and are soon met by a large tribe of Native warriors. One-Eye regards them from a distance before dropping his weapons and walking towards them. They beat him to death. His final moments are a recollection of the cairn he built, slowly submerging himself into the water as he realizes his fate. The tribe leave Are alive and venture back into their native land. Are (who now has the same aura as Kare) looks off to the coast, with a dream sequence of One-Eye staring back.

Een mooie beschrijving van de film van David Aaronson kwam ik nog tegen op de Moviemeter website:

Een oerfilm met ontzettend veel Noorse (Scandinavische) (Noord-Europese) symboliek.

Odin werd in de Noorse Mythologie vaak afgebeeld met een oog:

Dat oog had hij geofferd aan de reus Mimir om van de bron van wijsheid te mogen drinken. Daarnaast had hij voorspellende gaven dankzij zijn ontmoetingen met de Völva, een zieneres. Daardoor had hij de kennis en de wijsheid om de ondergang van de wereld uit te stellen, maar kon hij de uiteindelijke ondergang en het noodlot niet voorkomen.

Mijns inziens laat de film de (eind) strijd zien van Odin; het is het gevecht tussen de mens (vermeende, opgedrongen ratio)(christenen) en de natuur (intuïtie)(Odin, cum suis). Odin staat voor de kracht van de natuur en de wereld als levend organisme tegenover de christenen die de mens los wilde maken van het ‘onder is boven’ principe. 
De Deen, Nicolas Winding Refn, geeft de winnaar eigenlijk al: de ‘natuur’ (het basis principe) is (uiteindelijk altijd) sterker dan de mens. Als je de (basis)natuur niet (meer)(intellectueel) begrijpt en je mist de kadering van je geest en lichaam in de wereld om je heen, dan sticht je voor houvast gewoon een nieuw Jeruzalem, volgens de (opgedragen)christelijke basisprincipes, in de ‘middle of nowhere’ (wel een bewuste ‘middle of nowhere’ – ook hier vernietigd uiteindelijk ‘de nieuwe wereld’ een zeer oude natuurcultuur, de indianen).
Het christendom en eigenlijke alle godsdiensten, zijn (vaak met geweld) opgedrongen en hebben veel oude wijsheden en oude natuurculturen (bewust) vernietigd. Maar in ieder mens schuilt nog steeds dat vlammetje van onze zeer oude voorvaders – wie laat zich niet ongelofelijk imponeren als hij/zij zich, het liefst, alleen onderdompelt in natuurgeweld?

In het land der blinden is éénoog koning.

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