While I really enjoyed seeing Dominic Purcell as the evil vampire Drake in Blade: Trinity, his performance could have been much better in this Dark Ages tale of a god whom has had it with that new religion of supposed peace coming in from the Roman Empire. Now Mr. Purcell is Eirick, Thane of Jomsberg, a king and also the mortal lover of the Goddess of Love, Freya (Tegan Moss). His life ended on a battlefield as he fought for his kingdom, but his godly girlfriend felt he was not ready to head to Valhalla, and has to continue with a new quest in Midgard (Earth). This is where his tale begins.
Eirick has spent ten years in solitude, trapping and hunting. He is visited by Freya’s twin brother, the sun god, Frey (Jesse Moss). He tells Eirick of Thor’s madness to take on the monks and priests of the new Christian faith, and bring the old order back to Midgard. Thor (Conan Stevens) has become a being obsessed with vengeance and wants to take back what is duly that of Asgard. This means a trip to Helheim to find a magickal horn that can stop Thor’s power, and a trip to Jomsberg where Eirick’s brother is ruling now. Before this, Eirick needs a ship and a crew, and finds a motley lot, along with his good friend, Sven (Craig Fairbass), Yang (John Foo), a slave Eirick and Sven rescued that turns out to be one of the fastest fighters they have ever seen. Many of the people of this land think he is an elf. They get help from Karl Redbeard (Geoffrey Giuliano), a jarl of a prosperous town. There finds his crew, and finds a small amount of trouble when Sven sells his longboat, and the new captain is Brynna (Natassia Malthe), a female sailor that has all the courage of Grace O’Malley. Now they have to rescue a wizard of the Earth, Alcuin (Patrick Murray), in Trondehag that can lead them to Helheim. Getting to him proves to be literally, a bloody challenge.
Getting to Helheim is a short journey, but for Eirick getting out is far more difficult than getting in. He fights zombies, finds his father is a zombie, and has to get through a wall of golden women that guard the horn. While the scenes in Midgard are fine, but very wintery, black, grey, with spots of red or yellow here or there, Helheim is somewhat retro-looking, and reminds of some of the sets from Barbarella. Eventually, Eirick does make it back to Midgard, and there is lots of fighting and bloodshed along the way, and is common in eddas, so why not here? Eventually Eirick will face Thor’s wrath, and but we are in for one great surprise when we see who Thor is working with and and why.
While this concept was great, the delivery was less than satisfactory. Considering how many of these players had worked with Uwe Boll in the past, it was not all that surprising that it was substandard. The director, Yusry Abd Halim, has been working in the movie field in his home of Malaysia since 1995, but was actually part of a boy band in 1992. He took the helm of director in 2006, so he’s still got aways to go before he’ll be Spielberg quality, but his effects teams work well, and he got some recognizable talent together for this film, so he is going places. Let’s just hope his future films are more polished than Vikingdom.
I give this film a Musing review of