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Pathfinder (Blu-ray Disc, 2009, Unrated)

Marcus Nispel, Karl Urban, Jay Tavare | Theatrical release: 2007 | Rating: R (MPAA)
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Wearing its R rating for violence like a badge of honor, PATHFINDER bears more resemblance to a horror film than most of its historical action-film brethren. Director Marcus Nispel cut his teeth on the remake of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and that experience has left a bloody thumbprint on this film. PATHFINDER shares the horror movie aesthetic, with its generous use of blood, jump moments, and shadow. Centuries before Christopher Columbus reached American shores, the Vikings carved a bloody path through the continent. When a shipwreck kills a boat full of Vikings and their Native American captives, the only survivor is a young blond child. Adopted by the People of the Dawn tribe, the boy grows up into a warrior. As an adult, the former Viking, now named Ghost (Karl Urban, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING), is an important member of his tribe with only disturbing memories to tie him to the Norsemen. When another ship of Vikings destroys his village and all he knows, he vows revenge. This remake of the Norwegian film OFELAS boasts several innovative action sequences, one involving a shield used as a sled in the snow. With his work in the Lord of the Rings films, Urban has perfected his talent at swordplay, and his prowess is evident here. His character takes on the Viking invaders almost single-handedly and stalks them, picking them off one by one. This is an action-filled film that doesn't let dialogue get in the way of the elaborate fight scenes.

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  • Edition: Unrated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 024543459972

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:Blu-ray Disc
Display Format:Unrated

Director:Marcus Nispel
Leading Role:Karl Urban, Jay Tavare
eBay Product ID: EPID62949697

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Created: 01/27/09

A Viking Fantasy with roots in history?

I'm a traditional type, so when I see movies with a premise like this (Viking raiders plundering the new world centuries before it was actually 'discovered') I'm aware that it will take a flight of fancy in order to immerse myself in the story.

My biggest beef is with the movie's pacing; when you see the previews you get the sense that this is an action piece, but if so- its a little light on the action. I don't know, maybe I just expected too much.

There are some inconsistencies which probably should not matter as it is a movie, but it bothered me nonetheless. For instance, how does a young Viking lad, left behind by his steading and adopted by the indigenous tribes (Native Americans), manage to use a sword which he has not handled since he was a child, using techniques similar to what the returning invaders used? He fought well armed and armored warriors using only this sword (which looked SIMILAR to a Viking blade) - you could attribute it to dumb luck until you realize that he's decimated a number of them singlehandedly and you're sitting there like, what the hell?

There is a lot of mystique tied to the Native Peoples and I know the director was shooting for that but what he ended up with was a stoic lead man who was sort of pigeonholed into this character. If you're a fan of Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Doom, Bourne Supremacy) then you'll want to watch this movie- he does have screen presence, they just didn't develop his character- in a way that I would've found to be equitable.

I did like how the Natives spoke in English (you as the viewer are led to understand that what you're hearing is the translation of their language) and the raiders spoke...something else. I'm no linguist but it sounded like a cross between German and some other language for which I'm not familiar, but it was an interesting little bit nonetheless.

So, in wrapping up- this was a decent movie, with a fantasy element that is supposedly rooted in history somewhat (it is purported by this movie that the basis comes from a legend that Viking raiders had plundered and settled in Newfoundland circa 1000AD which would make it almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus stumbled upon it) - but it does nothing for the movie. Worth watching? You bet. In my library? Check. Watch it again? MAYBE.

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Created: 12/07/08

artistic quality film, but not for the faint of heart

A couple of weeks ago, browsing the cable channels.. I'd clicked on Pathfinder (Vikings brutalizing Indians) which didn't really appeal to me at the time but once I started watching I could not look away.
Should be rated XXX for violence and graphic depiction of slaughter, however, it was amazingly filmed and the story line, even though fictional, probably had more than enough basic truth to it.
Synopsis, a lone surviving Nordic boy is rescued from a wrecked Viking ship by a native American woman and raised by the tribe. His adulthood is troubled by visions of his past and his destiny among the natives unfolds as the next wave of violent marauders return to destroy their people and way of life.
The filming and costumes were amazing.
(Frank Frazetta fans gather round)
More detail than any of the mainstream films and the dark lighting through much of it set the tone of dread and on the reverse, enhanced the beauty of the landscape.
Warning of graphic.. and I mean- GRAPHIC- violence, but to truly depict this type of carnage with the use of historically brutal weapons I don't know how a serious director could veer to the lighter side if they wanted to create the dark art that Pathfinder became at the final cut.
proud to have it in my collection- but will only break it out for the pirates and ne'er do wells that would appreciate it.

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Created: 06/25/08

Pathfinder Found Me!

And am I ever glad it did..This movie surprised me I was expecting a bad b film instead what I got was a great adventure movie starring Karl Urban (Xena cast alumni)his is the only name I recognize, but he's definitely not the only talent..this film is filled with fatastic acting, great fight scenes, a splendid storyline and script to die for...This movie reminded me alot of XWP...I wont give much away just suffice it to say Native Americans rule in this flick and so does Karl Urban..I give this one a 5 star rating..you wont want to miss this one..

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Created: 09/07/09

Pathfinder: Surprisingly Entertaining

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Pathfinder Unrated Edition: The film portrays a conflict between two races, the Vikings and the Natives. The Vikings seem to fit the large sword wielding tyrants of land and sea, even if it was a little hollywoodish, it was still great too see the costumes and the superb Icelandic language spoken on screen. The Native Indians(First Nation's People)on the other hand were a bit too waterdowned considering they were the massive warriors of the North so-to-speak and seemed to be the less dominiant race throughout the film, something not so appealing to history, nor to myself; however, the movie can keep one entertained throughout the film, as it is constantly moving forward and can still be an entertaining watch the second time around. 3.5/5 - this rating is only 'general' based and should not be compared to films throughout the 20th/21st century as this rating would inevitably fall short due to many short comings; nevertheless, it is entertaining.
Jonathan Andrews

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Created: 01/01/09

Pathfinder (2007,DVD)

Being a fan of Viking culture and history, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to watch this movie. Although there was plenty of action and the fight scenes were good, the overall setting was dark and a little hard to watch even on a state of the art television. Also, the characters were rather one-dimensional with the native Americans too good and the Vikings too evil.

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