Saturday, February 11, 2006

"The 13th Warrior" review

The 13th Warrior (1999)

Directed by John McTiernan
Writing credits Michael Crichton William Wisher Jr.

Antonio Banderas.... Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan Ibn Al Abbas Ibn Rashid Ibn Hamad
Vladimir Kulich.... Buliwyf/The 1st Warrior
Dennis Storhøi.... Herger the Joyous

Do you like severed heads in your adventure movie? Then you must see "The 13th Warrior". Antonio Banderas, (Warrior number 13), goes to Viking country with 12 other warriors to see what's up. Seems the ancient bear warriors have attacked a village. So the 13 warriors take it upon themselves to vanquish the bear men. That's it for plot.

I don't mind movies being light on plot, heavy on the action. This one is pretty simple. They find an enemy and decide to kill them. Bingo Bango. There you go. As long as the action delivers, I'm happy. I always appreciate the art of separating a head from it's shoulders. There are plenty of rolling heads in this one. My only minor complaint is that most of the action was either in the dark or in a rainstorm. It was hard to make out the action at some points. Also the entire ending battle scene was in slow motion. I would have liked to have seen the fighting more clearly.

But, of course, there was lots of sword fighting and decapitations. I liked it.

SCORE: 3 out of 4 severed heads

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