Type of media Film
Approved Running time 92m 31s
Release date 30/04/2010
BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence
Genre(s) Action, Drama, Mystery
Director(s) Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast includes Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Douglas Russell
Cut This work was passed uncut.
BBFCinsight publication date 20/04/2010
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
VALHALLA RISING is an allegorical film about a Viking warrior who is asked to lead a group of Christians to the Holy Land. The film was passed '15' for strong bloody violence.
The strong bloody violence in the film is infrequent and occurs only in the opening and closing moments. At the beginning of the film, the main character is a captive and is forced to do battle with a variety of adversaries. During the fight sequences, the blows are not clearly shown but we do see some blood spurts. The blood is very red and the effects are clearly achieved through the use of digitally-generated images. The strongest moment occurs when we briefly see a man's exposed brain after he has been hit on the head with a rock. However, the image is fleeting and we do not return to the injured man - he's just one in a line of opponents that the character is forced to fight. At the end of the film, another fight sequence includes a bright arc of blood as a man's throat is slashed. We do not see any detail of the impact or the injury caused. At '15', BBFC Guidelines state that 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury' and 'The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.' Though the violence in the film is strong, the images are not particularly gory and the blood and injury appear on screen only briefly.
The film also contains three uses of strong language, all occurring within seconds of each other in a scene where a boat the men are travelling in comes under fire. BBFC Guidelines at '15' permit 'frequent use of strong language'.
- VALHALLA RISING
- Vertigo Distribution Ltd
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- 92m 31s
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