In an untamed, primordial America, 500 years before Columbus will reach its shores, unfolds an epic battle between love and hate that will change one man's destiny and the future of a nation: "Pathfinder." This action-adventure saga recreates one of the most riveting, yet never-before-seen, eras in human history - when Viking "dragon" ships from the mysterious Norse lands arrived out of nowhere to invade a pristine North America. Inspired by historical findings, yet forged with the magic and style of a modern graphic novel, "Pathfinder" comes to life in a cinematic experience filled with intense and primal action. The legend-like story of survival begins with a Viking child who becomes the lone survivor of a shipwreck, after his marauding Norse clan raids a coastal Native American village for slaves. Despite his blonde hair and strange language - and concerns that evil will follow the boy wherever he goes - the ten year-old is adopted by the local Wampanoag Indians, who raise him to become a skilled hunter and warrior. But fifteen years later, the pale young man known to his tribe as Ghost (KARL URBAN) is still trying to escape his past. Now, as the Vikings return to storm America again, this time they will carry out a barbaric attack that will annihilate Ghost's beloved tribe and endanger the woman he loves (MOON BLOODGOOD). Once again a survivor on the run, and thirsting for blood vengeance, Ghost comes under the guidance of the Pathfinder (RUSSELL MEANS), a powerful shaman who foresees the enraged young man's unexpected destiny: as the hard-won hero who will wage a one-man war against the Vikings and becomes his people's savior. The latest forensic evidence suggests that centuries before Columbus was born, Viking warships from Northern Europe landed on American shores, and the infamously fierce Norse explorers roamed what is now modern-day Boston and New York City. It's a stunning vision to imagine: Vikings attempting to settle on the lands that Native Americans had already called home for some 25,000 years. Known for their brutal, plundering raids, and already embattled in Europe, the Vikings were likely seeking fertile new lands to conquer when they set out into the New World for the first time. Yet in America they would meet their demise. No one knows for sure what became of the Vikings who attempted to settle here, but instead of thriving, they disappeared and their civilization soon teetered to collapse. Viking sagas speak of violent battles with the people who lived in America - yet what really happened when these two warrior cultures met remains forever shrouded in mystery. It is this unexplored story that comes to the fore in "Pathfinder" - an action-adventure story that re-imagines the explosive first contact between the Vikings and the East Coast's native Wampanoag Indians through a stylish tale of personal revenge and redemption - "Pathfinder."
STARRING: Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means, Clancy Brown, Jay Tavare, Nathaniel Arcand, Ralf Moeller
DIRECTOR: Marcus Nispel
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RATING: R (For strong brutal violence throughout)
Wild About Movies Grade: F