Ragnarok Cast: Pal Sverre Hagen, Sofia Helin, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Maria Annette Tandero Berglyd, Julian Podolski, Bjorn Sundquist
Ragnarok Director: Mikkel Braenne Sandemose
Where to Watch: &PrivéHD
The Norwegian horror movie Ragnarok functions as a double-edged sword — as both a clone to the 1997 horror masterpiece, Anaconda, and an unofficial Anaconda sequel. If you loved the first Anaconda like I did and haven't seen most of it uncountable sequels, then chances are you may not dig Ragnarok. However, if you've watched pretty much every Anaconda sequel, also like I did, then you should be reasonably entertained by its Norwegian spirit simply because of how it manages to capture some of the essence, excitement and mood of the original film. However, if you watch this expecting something as amazing as the 1997 movie, then you're going to be left disappointed.
So, are you excited about what to watch this weekend or what to watch this week and wondering whether Ragnarok is worth your time? Scroll down for my full Ragnarok review...
What's it about
When Norwegian archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pal Sverre Hagen) can't settle on the myth about Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse (Viking) mythology, he decides to go on an expedition with two colleagues and his two kids (bluffing the latter that it's going to be their summer vacation) to Finnmark, the northern most part of Norway, which further takes them into 'No Man's Land' between Russia and Norway, left abandoned for decades. It's here where they discover far more than they bargained for or can handle and also where he realises the real reason why the ancient Vikings never revealed more about Ragnarok at the location.
The buildup in Ragnarok is pretty good and unnerving; it's been shot well by Daniel Voldheim with decent production values despite the obvious budget constraints; John Kare Raake's script, while not exemplary, gets the job done; the background score helps build tension; and whenever the movie begins faltering, the actors do a commendable job in holding your attention. Thankfully, Christian Siebenherz has trimmed the film well to just 90 minutes and has smartly used his sniping tools for those nervous moments.
As good as the buildup, it overstays the welcome, as the monster takes too long to appear, and as good as a non-official Anaconda sequel Ragnarok serves as, you're slightly disappointed by the monster's look solely because of how much the makers build it up. Also, barring a few scenes of genuine tension and adrenaline-rush, thus creature feature could've badly done with some more of those to enhance its overall impact. As much as the script and actors pull their weight through, you feel that Director Mikkel Braenne Sandemose lets them down with these questionable choices.
While not among the best creature horror movies you'll see or even one that you'll care to remember long after, Ragnarok is a welcome diversion for horror fans starved of new creature features these days while also serving as a more-than-welcome non-official Anaconda sequel, frankly better than the many official sequels that had been made. I'm going with 2.5 out of 5 stars.
2.5 out of 5
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