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observation, The 13th Warrior appears boring and
depressing. The dim light and quiet voices make up the
introduction, yet the numerous events that occur in the
introduction are vital to understanding the more exciting
aspects of the movie.
Following the somewhat tiresome introduction, the movie reveals itself to be worthwhile, pushing the boundaries of such movies, although it was expensive to produce. It also aims to present the story in a serious manner yet still featuring some humorous aspects.
Ahmad Ibn Fadlan is a Arab diplomat, but after falling in love with the wife of a man of great power, he is sent to Norse territory, and enjoys their hospitality, until they are attacked. A phrophecy states that the thirteenth warrior must be of a distant land if they are to succeed, and so he must join a party of twelve. A party that will attempt to destroy the mysterious nemesis.
Ahmad is no warrior. It is only as the story progresses that he discovers his capabilities, and grows to be a warrior. His talents with a sword may not be great, but when given a large knife he is almost undefeated. The group of thirteen must battle the forces of strange cannabalistic half-men, resembling monkeys. Their poor manners and strange nature are their most obvious characteristics. Diversions and distractions that must be overcome.
|Ahmad Ibn Fadlan||::||Antonio Banderas|
|Herger the Joyous||::||Dennis Stqrhoi|
|Edgtho the Silent||::||Daniel Southern|
|Wealth the Musician||::||Tony Curran|
|Skeld the Superstitious||::||Richard Bremmers|
|Halga the Wise||::||Ashjqurn Riis|
|Rethel the Archer||::||Mischa Hausserman|
|Hyglak the Quarrelsome||::||Albie Woodington|
|Helfdane the Large||::||Clive Russell|
|Haltaf the Boy||::||Oliver Sveinall|
|King Rothgar||::||Sven Wolter|
|Queen Weilew||::||Diane Vernora|
|King Hrothgar||::||Sven Wollter|
|Wigliff (King Hrothgar's son)||::||Anders T. Anderson|
|Special Effects||::||Kate Harrington|
|Visual Effects||::||John Sullivan|