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Ragnarok (UK DVD)

Posted by Gareth Jones on January 30, 2015

Ragnarok UKStarring Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin

Directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose

Distributed by Studiocanal


When the culmination of his years of research into the mysterious disappearance of the Oseberg vikings results in little more than a few leads and a mysterious, carved message – “Man Knows Nothing” – archaeologist and single father Sigurd Svendsen (Hagen) finds his funding pulled from under him by his outraged backers.

But he isn’t about to just give up on his life’s mission, and after some personal investigation alongside his friend, Allan, Sigurd manages to uncover what he believes to be a map hidden in the runes of some ancient relics. Along with Allan (Broch) and kids Ragnhild and Brage, Sigurd sets off for the suspected location of the legendary “Eye of Odin”, where he believes the remains of the vikings will be found. Along the way, the group meet up with Allan’s assistant, Elisabeth (Helin), and local guide Leif (Sundquist) before setting off into the glorious Norwegian landscape in search of their treasure.

And as fate would have it, Sigurd isn’t wrong. The Eye of Odin exists, and it is indeed where the Oseberg vikings met their end. Unexpected by everyone (except the audience, it would seem), greed fuels internal struggle; and soon Sigurd, his son, daughter and pals are abandoned in the caverns at the centre of the Eye of Odin… and their presence has drawn the attention of an ancient guardian that is none too pleased with their meddling.

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s Ragnarok has drawn many a critical comparison to the work of Steven Spielberg, and in particular Jurassic Park — and such comparisons are more than apt. It’s a thoroughly accomplished film with some excellent cinematography and breathtaking natural environments whose scope and scale offer a real sense of our main characters heading on a grand quest. The setup is very similar to the aforementioned dino-fest, with the main character and his two kids, alongside the fitting love interest and friend, placed in some very difficult-to-escape peril and the hungry chompers of a giant reptilian antagonist.

Sandemose wrings some effective tension through this peril – something certainly helped by the eminently likeable natures of the lead characters and his cast’s performances. There’s a real dynamic between them, and Sigurd’s sense of responsibility and devotion to his children very much rings true. Obviously, things can’t go too far as Ragnarok is, in essence, a family-friendly flick – so while there is indeed a massive monster on the loose, you’re not going to get any gory goods, nor even a Jurassic Park-style chomping for good measure. That’s perhaps indicative of Ragnarok‘s biggest issue – it consistently plays it too safe throughout the final stretch.

The Spielberg influence is there in spades, and the formula hardly ever deviated from, making much of the affair very easy to predict. The body count is low and all kills ostensibly off-screen. The ending, too, takes a rather mushy turn that is robbed of all tension by the film’s consistently harmless approach once the two main tension-building set pieces are over and done with. It’s defiantly uninventive, yet formidably adept at its chosen formula.

And when it’s at full steam, Ragnarok is a thrilling adventure. It looks great, the cast are admirable and the creature effects and design are excellent. Alluded to as the potential influence for the Midgard Serpent (also known as Jormungand) in Norse mythology, the massive beast that inhabits the Eye of Odin is a sight to behold and should make this a more than pleasant diversion for monster movie fans – especially if they’re looking for something that allows them to get their creature feature fix while remaining accessible, suitable and enjoyable for the whole family.

It’s a shame that the film throws pretty much all of the actual mythological and viking stuff out the window once the beast is on the loose – there’s really no threat of the actual Ragnarok of legend kicking off here – but it’s a perfectly solid effort at recreating a (modern) classical Western adventure film on Northern shores. Check it out.

Unfortunately, the only extra that Studiocanal saw fit to include in their release of Ragnarok is a trailer for the film.

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UK Readers: Win Ragnarok on DVD!

Posted by Gareth Jones on January 26, 2015

To celebrate the release of Ragnarok: The Viking Apocalypse, the fast-paced throwback to the kind of old-school Spielberg action we all grew up on – coming to UK DVD 2nd February 2015 – we have a copy to give away courtesy of Studiocanal.

Think The Goonies meets Jurassic Park, or Indiana Jones with a Lord of the Rings twist. Fast-paced, gripping, but most of all fun, Ragnarok is ridiculously entertaining. And, as a bonus extra, it’ll help Marvel fans swot up on Viking mythology ahead of Thor: Ragnarok. So, exciting AND educational… what more could movie fans want?

“Ragnarok is the closest you’re going to get to a new Steven Spielberg movie in the manner of Jurassic Park or Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Sound on Sight.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com with the subject line “UK RAGNAROK” and including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS before the competition closing date of February 9. We’ll take care of the rest.

The film is available to order on Amazon now! Look for our review soon.

Titled Gåten Ragnarok in its native Norwegian, the film is directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and stars Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist and Sofia Helin.

Synopsis:
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic “man knows little” written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes – a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK readers. Good luck!

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Exclusive: Ragnarok’s UK Trailer Promises a Scaly Apocalypse

Posted by Gareth Jones on December 12, 2014

Ancient mysteries, Viking lore, high adventure and giant snakes. What’s not to like?! As StudioCanal gears up for the February 2, 2015, UK DVD release of Ragnarok, our exclusive first look at the new UK trailer comes sporting all of these plus a dose of Spielbergian promise.

Titled Gåten Ragnarok in its native Norwegian, the film is directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and stars Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist and Sofia Helin.

Synopsis:
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic “man knows little” written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes – a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

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New Ragnarok One-Sheet Slithers In

Posted by Steve Barton on August 27, 2014

New Ragnarok One-Sheet Slithers InComic Book Resources nailed down an exclusive look at the new Ragnarok (now available on iTunes and On Demand) poster, which was designed by Wonton Soup creator James Stokoe! Check it out!

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose's Ragnarok was written by John Kåre Raake. Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd star.

Synopsis
Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic "man knows little" written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to the "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

For more info be sure to "like" Ragnarok on Facebook.

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New Ragnarok Clip Attacks

Posted by Steve Barton on August 26, 2014

Hang on Tight for Another Ragnarok Clip and a Promo Teaser SpotA new clip for Ragnarok (now available on iTunes and On Demand) has arrived via Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing, and we have it for you right here. Seems like we've been talking about this one forever, no?

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose's Ragnarok was written by John Kåre Raake. Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd star.

Synopsis
Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic "man knows little" written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to the "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

For more info be sure to "like" Ragnarok on Facebook.










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Hang on Tight for Another Ragnarok Clip and a Promo Teaser Spot

Posted by Debi Moore on August 18, 2014

Hang on Tight for Another Ragnarok Clip and a Promo Teaser SpotRagnarok debuted this past Friday on iTunes, On Demand, and in limited theatres; and Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing want to make sure it stays on your radar so to kick off the work week, we have another clip and a quick promo spot for the flick.

Be sure to hang on tight as danger lurks below the water in this nail-biting clip from Mikkel Brænne Sandemose's Ragnarok!

The film was written by John Kåre Raake. Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd star.

Synopsis
Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic "man knows little" written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to the "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

For more info be sure to "like" Ragnarok on Facebook.







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See this Ragnarok Clip Through the Eye of Odin

Posted by Debi Moore on August 15, 2014

Official Ragnarok trailer Rampages InWith Ragnarok available TODAY via iTunes, On Demand, and in limited theatres, Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing have unveiled a new clip from the film, in which archeologists unlock the code that leads to one of the biggest secrets in history.

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose directed the film, which was written by John Kåre Raake. Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd star.

Synopsis
Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic "man knows little" written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to the "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

For more info be sure to "like" Ragnarok on Facebook.




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Official Ragnarok Trailer Rampages In

Posted by Steve Barton on June 19, 2014

Official Ragnarok trailer Rampages InThe official trailer for the Norwegian flick Ragnarok has arrived, and we have every fantasy-strewn pixel of it right here for you. Check it out and look for more on this one soon!

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose directed the film, which was written by John Kåre Raake. Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd star. Look for the flick in theatres, on iTunes, and on demand August 15th.

Synopsis
Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic "man knows little" written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology. When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to the "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

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Fantastic Fest 2013: Festival Trailer for Ragnarok Begins Raging

Posted by Uncle Creepy on September 23, 2013

Horrifying Fairy Tale Comes to Life in Brand New Ragnarok Trailer!The Norwegian flick Ragnarok has had several names over the last few months including The Gates of Ragnarok, The Enigma of Ragnarok and Gåten Ragnarok. Now it has a new trailer to go along with them.

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Final Wave of Programming Includes Escape from Tomorrow, Love Eternal, Miss Zombie, and More! Full Shorts Lineup Announced!

Posted by The Woman In Black on September 5, 2013

Fantastic Fest has announced its final wave of programming, including Terry Gilliam's dystopian The Zero Theorem as the closing night film. Check out the full details along with the Fest's short film lineup.

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