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Man Knows Little: Ragnarok Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 3, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 3, 2013 |

Hey Norway’s making a movie about Vikings! But not to be pigeonholed, they’re making it more one of those stories where modern man discovers a terrible secret from the distant past that rises back up to smack him in his technologically advanced teeth. I bet it teaches us something about humility and our place in the universe, where monsters still creep in the darkness beyond the firelight.

Or maybe I’m excited because if you cross Da Vinci Code and Reign of Fire you get a movie profoundly stupider than either of those terrible terrible movies. But if you don’t have a budget to dub the film and just tack on English subtitles, suddenly the whole affair becomes classy. Here’s the trailer, which cleverly shows nothing but ominousness:

And here’s the plot summary, which is even more vague:

Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic ´man knows little` written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology. When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

To channel Han Solo for a moment, I don’t know about the character, but I can imagine an awful lot. Dragons. I’m talking about dragons. With subtitles.

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