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The Northman (2022)

Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who's on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father.

  • Robert Eggers
  • Giulia Patanè
  • Ben Burt
  • Therese Friel
  • Chris McCormick
  • James Harris
  • Paul Moran
  • Sjón
  • Robert Eggers
Release Date: Thu, Apr 07, 2022

Rating: 7.5/10 by 1013 users

Alternative Title:
The Northman - US
The Northman - CA
Північанин - UA
O Homem do Norte - PT
El Hombre del Norte - AR
北族人 - HK
El hombre del norte - ES
Ziemeļnieks - LV
L'Homme du Nord - CA
El Hombre del Norte - MX
Ο Άνθρωπος απ' τον Βορρά - GR
מלך הצפון - IL

United States of America
Runtime: 02 hour 17 minutes
Budget: $60,000,000
Revenue: $59,506,982

Plot Keyword: sword, father murder, prince, iceland, viking, northern ireland, revenge, death of father, fate, king, brutality, hamlet, nordic, 10th century, viking age, graphic violence, based on legend

Nicole Kidman
Queen Gudrún
Claes Bang
Fjölnir The Brotherless
Ethan Hawke
King Aurvandil War-Raven
Anya Taylor-Joy
Olga of the Birch Forest
Gustav Lindh
Thórir The Proud
Willem Dafoe
Heimir The Fool
Phill Martin
Hallgrímr Half-Troll
Eldar Skar
Finnr The Nose-Stub
Olwen Fouéré
Áshildur Hofgythja
Edgar Abram
Hersveinn Battle-Hard
Jack Gassmann
Hjalti Battle Hasty
Oscar Novak
Young Amleth
Jack Walsh
Hallur Freymundur
Ian Whyte
The Mound Dweller
Katie Pattinson
Shield Maiden
Andrea O’Neill
Helga The Nanny
Rebecca Ineson
Halla The Maiden
Kate Dickie
Halldóra The Pict
Kevin Horsham
Völundur The Smith
Seamus O'Hara
Audunn The Irish
Scott Sinclair
Grímr Skull-Hammer
Tadhg Murphy
Eiríkr Blaze-Eye
James Yates
Hrólfur Split-Lip
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Thórfinnr Tooth-Gnasher
Ian Gerard Whyte
Thórvaldr Giant-Crusher
Ralph Ineson
Captain Volodymyr
Murray McArthur
Hákon Iron-Beard
Nille Glæsel
Gunnhildr Ship-Breasted
Magne Osnes
Berserker Priest
Finn Lafferty
Fisherman’s Son
Jon Campling
Standard Bearer
Gareth Parker
Hird Officer
Mark Fitzgerald
Hallucinating Guard
Gavin Peden
Burly Guard
Joel Hicks
Fengr Shield-Biter
Chris Finlayson
Grani Battle-Screamer
Eric Higgins
Ketill The Whale Sided
Matt Symonds
Ragnar Cold-Mouthed
Lily Bird
The Maiden King


First things first - there is virtually nothing original with the plot here. A young prince "Amleth" (Oscar Novak who later morphs into an effective Alexander Skarsgård) witnesses the murder of his father "King Aurvandil" (Ethan Hawke) and the capture of his mother "Gudrún" (Nicole Kidman) by his treacherous uncle "Fjölnir" (Claes Bang). Lucky to escape with his life, he escapes to the land of the Rus where he is soon a capable and powerful warrior. When he learns that the traitor was, himself, deposed and now lives in the inhospitable Iceland, he decides to impersonate one of a group of slaves being sent to his farm so as to wreak his revenge. There are a few twists to the otherwise largely predictable plot - he meets the enigmatic "Olga" (Anya Taylor-Joy) and comes into possession of a deadly sword that can only be drawn at night; but what really makes this stand out is the gritty, dark and enthralling production. The headlines actors actually feature pretty sparingly, though we get a little more Kidman towards the end, and that's no bad thing. It leaves us to enjoy a storyline that draws heavily on the compelling Norse mythology. Not just of Odin, Freya, Valhallah and the like, but of the whole cult of nature; of animalistic behaviour amongst man and beast alike. It draws on a symbiotic relationship with the environment that tests the faith of pagan and Christian alike. It is brutal, but somehow not gratuitous. That's how man treated man; women were little better than breeding chattels and children were even further down the food chain. Robert Eggers has put much more meat on the bones than almost any similar depiction from this hugely rich and enthralling vein of mythology that mixes fact, fiction, fantasy, mysticism and fear very well. It's 2¼ of well paced adventure that looks stunning on a big screen and is well worth a watch there before it loses much of it's grand scale potency on a telly.


It took me a little while to get into it, but by its conclusion 'The Northman' had fully entertained me. Great film! First and foremost, I'm delighted that I did indeed enjoy this film as my only previous experience of director Robert Eggers was the - in my opinion, and apparently my opinion only! - severely unsatisfying 'The Lighthouse'. It's unmistakable that this 2022 flick is made by the same person, but happily the outcome is far greater. The cast are top notch. Alexander Skarsgård and Anya Taylor-Joy are the two standouts, the latter of which is doing big things lately; she is excellent in the most recent season of television show 'Peaky Blinders', fwiw. Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke and Nicole Kidman are all very good. Willem Dafoe too, naturally. The story is super absorbing, even early on when I was a tad unsure I was still very invested in what was happening onscreen. The dialogue is a big reason for that, as is the thumping score. At times it can feel like it might become too talky and full of itself in regards to its own mythology and all that, though thankfully it never strays into those realms. It also delivers plenty of action, alongside some good ol' violence as well - the ending is quality in that regard, among other reasons too. Go watch!

Chris Sawin

_The Northman_ is a bloody and ferocious battle cry of a revenge film. The action is brutal and the performances are extraordinary. This is Robert Eggers at his most savage and masterful. Full review: https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/04/25/the-northman-review-a-gory-viking-epic-forged-in-boisterous-greatness/

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