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Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Pathfinder's moody, muddy look is courtesy of music-video director Marcus Nispel, who doesn't distinguish between people and tree trunks when it comes to emotional content.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A bizarre, bloody adventure movie.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Nicely balances action and adventure with American Indian wisdom and a modest romance to provide a graphic-comic-book movie experience for males in urban markets.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Bloody actioner pits Vikings vs. Native Americans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this period action film earns its R rating with frequent scenes of hard-hitting, bloody violence. Weapons including swords, rocks, arrows, spears, spiky traps, chains, maces, and axes are used to decapitate, dismember, hang, beat, impale, stab, and crush victims (broken, rotting bodies are shown). Others die via drowning, avalanche, bear attack, falls, and more. Images of the mayhem range from aggressively chaotic to slow-motion poetic, with repeated shots of spurting blood (primarily from chests and necks). Most of the characters are bent on vengeance; the Vikings plan to exterminate the Native Americans (whom they call "savages") and are depicted as tall, dark monsters who tend to roar more than speak. When they do talk, they use a couple of mild swear words (in subtitles), including "bitch" and "damn."

  • Families can talk about the role of violence in the movie. Is it appropriate for the story that's being told? Which parts, if any, are gratuitous? How accurate do you think it is? Families can also discuss the enduring mythology of the white hero. How is it significant that Ghost is white instead of Native American? How does he struggle with his double heritage? What does he learn about vengeance?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The Vikings are all-around grisly and evil; most of the Native Americans are stereotypical presented as being nobly in tune with the land. The protagonist is caught between both groups and is vengeful until he's killed all his enemies.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Violence is alternately represented in lyrical and hard-hitting imagery. A child is discovered in a wrecked Viking ship among corpses; battle scenes include spearing, decapitation, arrows, knives, swords, trampling, falling, an arm getting lopped off, throats being cut, a bear attack, impaling, beating, kicking, hanging (bodies displayed after death), drowning, and crushing by an avalanche. Frequent shots of blood spurting. Vikings throw woman against a log as if to rape her, but the hero steps in.

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    Sex: Man and woman lie close to each other, apparently nude (they're trying to keep warm, but they're also the designated romantic couple).

  • language false0

    Language: Just a few curse words used by Vikings (in subtitles): "damn" and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief use of medicinal herbs/smoke during a a healing ritual.