Thanks to the hit series Game of Thrones the medieval genre has gotten even more popular than it already was. Most of those that come out are hit and miss with most of them never really bringing anything new to the genre. The latest, Vikingdom attempts to do something different by mixing the genre with a more supernatural approach, but does it mesh together and deliver the film they are hoping for or just another generic entry into the genre?
Vikingdom follows the forgotten king, who was tasked with the impossible odds to defeat Thor, the God of Thunder. Thor is on a mission to gather the key ancient relics "Mjolnir" - his hammer from Valhalla, "Necklace of Mary Magdalene" from Mitgard and the "Horn" from Helheim. This needs to be accomplished before the Blood Eclipse, which happens once every 800 years, failing which, the pagan Viking Gods will never be able to rule and conquer mankind ever again. Taking the lead in this action adventure is Dominic Purcell who does a good job leading the charge, but has a bit of fighting to do to make his way through this film. There are some pretty cheesy decisions made in relation to the visuals to some of the characters most notably Thor who looks like a live action variation of a character out of Asterix and Obelix which isn’t all bad, he just stands out a bit too much in comparison. The rest of the film works fairly well feeling like the old school films like Krull with just enough cheese to go along with the action and adventure to make for a fun film. The action sequences are well done with some fun sword play and martial arts fighting blended together along with a current soundtrack to give the film a current upbeat tempo.
This film is far from great, but manages to be a cheesy good time that is sure to entertain.
In a world full of remakes and sequels it is refreshing to see a film that is trying to do something old school in a new way that may not always succeed but it never tries to be anything other than what it set out to be. If you are a fan of the old school sword and sorcery type movies with a Viking flare thrown in for good measure then give this film a try.