The 13th Warrior (1999)

JOHN McTIERNAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1999.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel Eaters Of The Dead by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Michael Crichton, , John McTiernan.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This film was ready for the summer of 1998 but creative wars between the director and writer/producer Michael Crichton (upon whose novel Eaters of the Dead the film is based) held the editing process up for an extra year.  The creative battle wounds don’t show, however, and what is left for audiences to enjoy is an evenly paced and boisterous film that was worth the wait.  Antonio Banderas is dashing as a mysterious Arab who encounters a group of Nordic Vikings who insist upon his joining them on a journey to their dying Northern kingdom to help save the people from the ravages of a horrible cannibalistic tribe. Trouble is, they just don’t know of what species or entity this tribe is comprised, and that’s where the terror begins. Gorgeous cinematography, a rousing score by Jerry Goldsmith and a healthy sense of adventure make for what was for me a surprisingly good film.

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