Scene of the Week: Valhalla Rising
This week’s Scene of the Week is a real violent one! It comes from the deranged mind of director Nicolas Winding Refn who is most famous stateside for the 2011 film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. While that movie had some really violent scenes in it, I think Valhalla Rising takes the cake in the category of “violent maulings”. Refn casts his good buddy Mads Mikkelsen, who is currently playing Hannibal on that TV show that I’ve never watched but probably should. Mads was awesome as the villain in Casino Royale and he often times plays the character so well that you forget that he’s an actor and not some incredible twat of a man. Refn has gone on record as saying that Valhalla Rising is his favorite of his movies and while I would have probably selected one of his other films, this movie still has a weird charm about it and it also has VIKINGS!! So come for the Vikings and stay for the violent maulings and ear bitings.