Movie Review – Ragnarok (2014)

Directed by Mikkel Braenne Sandemose
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing
Release Date: November 18, 2014


Prior to watching RAGNAROK, I did something very uncommon: I read reviews about it. Usually, I’ll go into a movie like this with a blank slate, so as not to have any preconceived notions about it. I do this so I can review films objectively, with little or no bias. But I was really excited about this one, and I was curious as to what other people were saying about it. Reviews were mixed, however most stated the film was enjoyable and family-friendly. This upped my interest even more.

I just finished RAGNAROK, and I have to tell you: those reviews were spot on. This is a heck of a film, full of intensity and fun. And, it’s almost perfectly clean…I think there were two very minor profanities in the whole movie. So if you’re looking for an entertaining, suspenseful flick the whole family can enjoy, then look no further!

If you are not familiar with RAGNAROK, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:

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 “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.

I can’t say enough positive things about this film. It is simply that good! And I plan on letting my kids watch it soon. I don’t say that very often on here, as most of what I watch is not kid-friendly…but this one is a big win in the family-friendly fun department.

RAGNAROK is shot well and looks amazing onscreen. The film is shot in both Norway and Sweden, and the cinematography does a stellar job of capturing the beauty and majesty of both lands. I was interested in visiting both countries prior to watching this film, but I want to go even more so now.

The acting is excellent, although I am not familiar with any of the actors, unfortunately. The special effects are also superb; the CG is blended perfectly, and I never once thought anything looked askew. The story is intriguing and compelling, a perfect hybrid of mystery and adventure.

RAGNAROK is a huge win for me, and I recommend anyone and everyone giving it a look. Some of the intensity might be too much for younger viewers (which is why the film has a PG-13 rating), so parents of smaller kids might want to check this one out beforehand. But otherwise, this a family-friendly movie that packs a punch! It hits store shelves next week, so make a note.


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