Director: Nils Gaup
Time: 1 hr. 39 minutes
This story is based on actual events and takes place in 1204 in Eastern Norway. The country is in a civil war between two factions, one which wants to keep Norway independent and the other supported by Denmark and the Catholic Church.
There is plenty of action in this movie and also plenty of intrigue. The majority of the action scenes involve chases on skis and are very impressive. There are a couple small battle scenes which are very violent, but this is typical for the time period. The two main characters, Skverjald and Thorstein are portrayed very well by Ofterbro and Hivju. These two are charged with the protection of the infant king Haakon Haakonsson. They are very sympathetic and their loyalty is heroic.
The movie was done during the cold Norwegian winter and the scenery was beautiful, even though I almost felt like I needed a blanket while they struggled through the harsh weather. There was also a scene with the Northern Lights which gave a magical feel to the story. I didn’t have any problems with the pacing of the story, but felt that there were a couple scenes which were a bit confusing. Other than that, the director was very good.
I would give this 4.5 stars out of 5 because of those confusing scenes. Overall, it was a very good movie and I would add it to my collection (if I can find it).