The thirteenth warrior
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The thirteenth warrior is an exciting and unforgettable adventure thriller. When an important emissary (Antonio Banderas as Ahmed ibn Fahdlan) is abducted by a band of Viking warriors, he's forced to join their quest to battle cannibal creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Fantasy adventure myth horror thriller supernatural Viking cannibal monster
Persons of interest
- Diane Verona .... Queen Weilew
- Dennis Storhoi .... Herger the joyous
- Vladimir Kulich .... Buliwyf
- Omar Sharif .... Melchisidek
- Michael Chrichton .... Author: Eaters of the dead
- William Wisher .... Screenwriter
- Warren Lewis .... Screenwriter
- John McTiernan .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
Special Agent Matti
Warriors in the mist.
This is a big-time blood and guts story for the Viking in all of you. Mighty battles, drunken carryings on, unwashed bodies: the lot. About the only thing that doesn't make an appearance is magic, but there's more than enough general spookiness to make up for that. The thirteenth warrior is a gruesomely dark tale of life before digital watches.
Antonio Banderas is an odd choice to play an Arab, him being Spanish and all, but he almost manages to get away with it. The accent slips a bit every now and then, too; not a hard thing to do when you're surrounded by vicious Viking warriors who don't believe in bathing (unless it's in an enemy's blood, of course). His character is not an Arnie-type hero of a thousand weapons, he's a poet who gets into trouble for loving the wrong woman. Oh, those wacky poets! That's a nice change for an action film, and it makes the other characters stand out more; twelve sword wielding northmen are not to be argued with.
Dennis Storhoi's cheerful Scandinavian warrior is cheerful indeed, whether it's drinking, wenching or cutting off someone's head. It's great to see a fighter who's more than just some wacko with a sword. Likewise the eleven others who follow the quest to save Hrothgar's kingdom: they're as disparate a bunch as you can get in one team. Well cast and well performed.
The tale itself? Well, it's not much more than your average "dispossessed Arab goes on a quest with mighty Viking warriors to do battle with supernatural creatures in distant land" kind of film. one sub-plot, that of the smarmy crown prince disappears beneath the overwhelming need to kill baddies, which was very annoying, but if you are at all familiar with fantasy gaming you will recognise and enjoy the elements that make up The thirteenth warrior.
Worth watching? Sure, if you like this sort of thing and you don't mind bodies being hacked to pieces (and who does these days?). Get out your best chain mail and go to town!
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles: Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Medium level violence)
103 minutes (1:43 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD rental: 21 June 2000