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Arn: The Knight Templar

7 out of 10
Average rating 7 out of 10 based on 1 rating

Arn: The Knight Templar
Director: Peter Flinth
Main parts: Joakim Nätterqvist
Sofia Helin
Stellan Skarsgård
Michael Nyqvist
Mirja Turestedt
Morgan Alling
Sven-Bertil Taube
Bibi Andersson
Fanny Risberg
Gustaf Skarsgård
Simon Callow
Vincent Perez
Julia Dufvenius
Svante Martin
Jørgen Langhelle
Production year: 2007
Genre: Action
Drama
IMDB link: [LINK]
Tags:
Arn | Jerusalem | King | Knight | Knight Templar | Monastery | Nunnery | Sweden | Sword Fight | Templar

Plot outlinie:
Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

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Movie reviews for Arn: The Knight Templar

2014-01-03  Niels Risgaard Hansen: 7 out of 10

Scandinavia's most expensive movie production delivers.

The movie starts with a knight templar charging a group of arabian bandits. This head on start got me excited right from the beginning and I was set for a fantastic action movie featuring excellent swordsmanship and impressive battles. That was not what I got.
Instead the movie flashes back to the tale of how Arn became a knight templar and how he got to be where he is. Though not as violent and gory, the story his never the less exciting and does include quite some action. I was very well entertained.

Joakim Nätterqvist playing Arn does an acceptable job, he does however sometimes overplay the silent knight-type which makes him seem retarded instead of thoughtful or insightful. Classic mistake and a task hard to master.

I got a bit confused at first, when the movie suddenly switched from Swedish to English, but then it switched back and suddenly it made sense. That is really a nice touch.

If you are not native scandinavian make sure to put on subtitles and maybe get a scandinavian to explain the complexity of our line(s) of kings here. Then everything will make a bit more sense.

As this is scandinavia's most expensive movie your expectations should be set on high, and I do think that is shines through that they have put a lot of work into it. The money has not been spent on fancy effects and expensive CGI, but on the setting and and the scale of them. It is really impressive and lifelike.

In general if you like movies about Scandinavia in the dark ages, about crusades, knights, templars etc. this is a very recommendable movie. Just remember that it is not about fighting in the Holy Land, it is about how the events in our lives can have a severe effect on us and the world around us.





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