Pathfinder

  • 15
  • Marcus Nispel (2006)
  • US
  • 102 min
Pathfinder
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Set several centuries before Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, Pathfinder centres on the battles between Viking raiders and native Americans. Although technologically inferior, the native villagers do have the help of Ghost (Karl Urban), a Viking child left behind after a previous raid and adopted by the tribe. Now a man, Ghost attempts to defend his new family against the marauding Vikings and prove where his loyalties lie. In this reworking of the 1987 Finnish film, director Marcus Nispel charges headlong into the action, making slick use of frozen lakes, misty forests and cliff-top passes. Brash and bombastic, there are shades here of Conan the Barbarian, yet by giving only cursory attention to plot and character, Nispel hamstrings all his stylish set pieces and delivers an ill-conceived epic that feels more like an extended trailer.

Plot Summary

Period action adventure starring Karl Urban. When a Viking boy is left behind by his brethren on the North American coast, he is brought up a native American tribe as one of their own and named Ghost. However, the Norsemen - known as "Dragon Men" by the tribe - are destined to return years later.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ghost
Karl Urban
Starfire
Moon Bloodgood
Pathfinder
Russell Means
Gunnar
Clancy Brown
Blackwing
Jay Tavare
Ulfar
Ralf Moeller
Wind in Tree
Nathaniel Arcand
Indian father
Wayne Baker
Jester
Kevin Loring

Crew

Director
Marcus Nispel

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Apr 2007
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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