An adventure movie that combines Indiana Jones and also a bit of Jurassic Park
and leans towards Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, so put these together and what have you got ? A grand adventure yarn that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages, including adult kids too. This is a Norwegian production, which contains a pretty good storyline and some stunning photography of Norway’s beautiful countryside. The story revolves around an archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen, who has some fairly off the wall ideas which are very much akin to the central characters way of thinking in STARGATE. Svendsen is played by Pal Sverre Hagen who you may remember giving a brilliant performance in KON-TIKI. Svendsen is an archaeologist who is really engrossed into the Viking culture and history and is a little obsessed with the famed OSEBERG SHIP, his theory is that the ship sailed further than it is believed. Accompanied by his daughter and son he sets off to locate a bottomless lake that was named by the Vikings as ODINS EYE, thus the adventure begins. Ok it may not be a great movie, but it is an entertaining one. The musical score is by Norwegian composer Magnus Beite
, and this too is pretty impressive, the film is obviously not a massive budget production, but there certainly has been no penny pinching on the musical side of things. Beite’s score is a stunning work that is magical and epic in its overall sound and style. Symphonic and gloriously powerful with a lushness that contains rich textures and vivid and vibrant musical colours. Fervent and driving strings are evident in abundance along with a both fearsome and celestial sounding choir and solo female voice. But what struck me more than anything else was the sheer grandeur of the music that the composer has produced for this movie, and also that there are so many themes within this one work.
It is essentially an adventure score, but also has its fair share of romantically slanted themes and nuances, which compliment and enhance the more robust moments of the work. I suppose one could describe this as Williams-esque in places with the power of Jerry Goldsmith
occasionally creeping in and also the melodic and emotive sound of John Barry
holding things together at times, there is also an infectious and inventive style of writing present that can be compared or likened with the film music of composers such as Silvestri and Newton Howard, it is an inspiring work that is at times relentless and booming, but at all times entertaining and enthralling. It does of course have its quieter moments and also posse’s interludes that are low key and filled with a nervous tension, this is a score that because of being for a small production might get overlooked, and that is why I have decided to review it, for film music lovers to miss out on hearing this would be a crime, Highly recommended.
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