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March 06, 2009

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America

Severedways Minimalist independent cinema doesn't get much more low fidelity than debut writer/director Tony Stone's garish vision of 11th century Vikings discovering North America.Two lone Norsemen, Orn and Volnard, are the only survivors of their exploration group after an attack by Anenaki Indians wipes out the rest of their party. The two men chop down trees with a nordic fury reflected in the film's brittle heavy metal musical score from the likes of Judas Priest and Morbid Angel. As they slowly travel north and we witness them killing, cooking and eating various game before becoming separated when Volnard goes off with an Irish Christian monk to study his teachings. Tony Stone's unintentionally mocking attempt at inventing a poetic piece of bogus historical meandering is as overwrought as they come. Clearly inspired by Gus Van Sant's trilogy of time-in-the-desert films, Stone produces a similar cinematic dung heap.

(Heathen Films) Not Rated 107 mins. D- (Zero Stars)

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