Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)


Introduction

Northmen: A Viking Saga is a 2014 historical action film by Swiss director Claudio Fäh.

It is an English-language film, produced by Swiss production house Elite Film Produktion AG (Zurich) in co-production with Jumping Horse Film GmbH (Germany, Hannover) and Two Oceans Production PTY Ltd. (South Africa, Cape Town).

Outline

A group of exiled Vikings, under the leadership of Asbjörn, are stranded on the Scottish coast after their ship sank in a storm. There, they are attacked by soldiers who guard princess Inghean, who is on her way to her wedding. The Vikings defeat the soldiers and take Inghean with them as a hostage with the intent of using the ransom money to buy entry into friendly land. Along the way, they meet a Christian monk who grants them aid and shelter. Meanwhile, Inghean’s father, King Dunchaid, tasks a mercenary force to pursue the Vikings; knowing of Inghean’s distaste for their group, the mercenary leaders plan to kill both her and the Vikings, an order not out of character for the tyrant king. The group, including the princess, learn of their plan from a captured soldier.

As the mercenaries attack the tower where the monk and the Vikings are sheltered, the group manages to escape and stay ahead of their pursuers. The monk offers to show the Vikings the way to the Viking settlement Danelaw, where they would be safe. Along the way, they are repeatedly attacked by the mercenaries, but the Vikings eventually defeat them, suffering some casualties. After reaching a cliffside with transport to Danelaw, the survivors find themselves trapped by King Dunchaid and his troops. Asbjörn jumps into the water, seemingly to his death, but manages to retrieve a boat from an underwater cave. The surviving Vikings jump after him, joined by the monk and Inghean, who elects to stay with the group. Together, the group rows towards Danelaw.

Cast

  • Tom Hopper as Asbjörn.
  • Ryan Kwanten as Conall.
  • Ken Duken as Thorald.
  • Charlie Murphy as Inghean.
  • Ed Skrein as Hjorr.
  • Anatole Taubman as Bovarr.
  • Leo Gregory as Jorund.
  • James Norton as Bjorn.
  • Darrell D’Silva as Gunnar.
  • Johan Hegg as Valli.
  • Danny Keogh as King Dunchaid.

Production

The film is directed by Hollywood-based Swiss director Claudio Fäh from a script by Austrians Mattias Bauer and Bastian Zach, the writers of the Swiss horror film One Way Trip 3D.

Filmed primarily in South Africa.

Release

The film received mixed reviews.

Trivia

  • The soundtrack of the movie contains 3 metal songs; 1 by the German symphonic metal/power metal band Beyond the Black (“In The Shadows”) and 2 by the Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth (“Deceiver Of The Gods” and “Warriors Of The North”).
  • Johan Hegg (Valli) is the vocalist of Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth.
  • The cave scenes were shot in the Cango Caves complex near Oudtshoorn, South Africa.
    • Cango is one of the world’s most extensive cave systems; much of it is unexplored.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Claudio Fah.
  • Producer(s): Ralp S. Dietrich, Karin G. Dietrich, Daniel Höltschi, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm, Rolf Wappenschmitt, Marco Del Bianco, Giselher Venzke, and Bertha Spieker.
  • Writer(s): Bastian Zach and Matthias.
  • Music: Marcus Trumpp.
  • Cinematography: Lorenzo Senatore.
  • Editor(s): Adam Recht (A.C.E.).
  • Production:
    • Elite Film Produktion AG.
    • Jumping Horse Film GmbH.
    • Two Oceans Production PTY Ltd.
  • Distributor(s):
    • The Salt Company.
    • Entertainment One.
    • Elite Film AG.
    • Ascot Elite Filmverleih GmbH.
  • Release Date: 09 October 2014.
  • Running Time: 95 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Switzerland, Germany and South Africa.
  • Language: English.

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