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Best Films of 2010 #14 – ‘Valhalla Rising’

Valhalla Rising

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn, who made the underrated Bronson in England and the striking Pusher series in Denmark creates a brutal, yet thoughtful, re-envisioning of the Viking saga. This Malick/Jodorowsky hybrid is one of the best looking films in recent memory. It’s breathtaking digital photography across the bleak and otherworldly landscapes and atmospheric electronic score sets a tone quite like any other other film this year. There’s a midnight cult here for those who yearn for one. Valhalla Rising confirms Refn as one of the most fascinating directors working today.