As one of the rare Viking flicks that’s good, The 13the Warrior was the first movie I saw after the eighties exploration of the “cool dark age vibe” that had all the elements needed. Mystery, strong and likable characters, interesting story and great cinematography. Based on a novel by Michael Crichton and parts of the Beowolf myth, it’s a well-rounded movie. I mean come on, Pathfinder, Outlander and other blunders are just awful,13 warrior in fact Pathfinder will be soon in the section Movies So Bad That Are Good, fucking Viking Doctor Dolittle. Sure, Erik the Viking was an excellent comedy, but if you want to stay in this genre you should check out the television series Vikings.

Back to this awesome flick, Ahmad Ibn Fadlan will join the Norse warriors in their attempts to overpower strange beasts that live in the caves and attack the Viking villages. Clash of two cultures, friendships, and above all honor and pride are the themes in this movie. It is really a man’s flick with all the manly stuff that will fire you up, I mean tall, strong and bearded Vikings wielding their swords and fighting for a place in Valhalla. And for girls there are those same Vikings that represent strong alpha males. Beautifully shot and directed, it passed the test of time and still looks good.

Director: John McTiernan

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Vladimir Kulich, Omar Sharif, Dennis Storhøi, Daniel Southern, Asbjørn ‘Bear’ Riis

Fun Stuff: ‘The 13th Warrior’ was one of the most expensive movie flops ever. The movie was given a budget of $160m and it’s estimated that $25m was spent marketing the film. In the U.S. The 13th Warrior grossed $32,698,900 and only $61,702,600 worldwide. This mean the movie lost a total of $123,297,400.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120657/

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