“Ragnarok” – Predictable but good for family movie night
Written by: John Kåre Raake
Directed by: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Let’s say you are going to make an adventure film, with a monster (or just a giant version of a known species) that the whole family can watch. You are going to want something equal parts “Jurassic Park” and “Super 8”. That is what the creators of “Ragnarok” were shooting for, and they almost succeeded. Almost.
Two archeologists Sigurd (Hagen) and Allan (Broch) who take Sigurd’s kids and a Elisabeth (Sofia Helin) a female colleague on an adventure to Finnmark in Northern Norway, in search of Viking artifacts (and possibly even treasure). Things go awry though when the group are abandoned by their guide. They soon discover that the vikings had indeed been there, and had encountered something that they had tried to leave warnings about.
“Ragnarok” is pretty much your straight forward family friendly action/adventure film. No real twists or turns. Some fun, blood pumping fright scenes, but nothing an average 12 year old couldn’t handle. All tied up with an ending you see coming from a mile away. I did really like the fact that the female protagonist, Elisabeth, was actually tough, independent, and heroic and not some damsel in distress, screaming super model. Being the father of a 14 year old young lady, I think that that kind of example of a strong female should be more common.
The acting is solid all around. There are a few laughs sprinkled in to lighten the tension for younger viewers. It is what it is, and that is a nice little Spielbergesque throwback to the adventure movies my family used to watch when I was a kid. If you are in the mood to make some popcorn and watch a movie with the kids, this would be a good one to go with.