Movies that Matter – The 13th Warrior

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This is a movie I like to watch but so far I have not subjected my children to it. My main reason for holding off showing it to them is the huge amount of very realistic blood and gore portrayed. Despite that, I like the movie.

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This 1999 film stars Antonio Banderas, Vladimir Kulich and Omar Sharif and it is about a young man, played by Banderas, who falls for the wrong woman and this results in him being sent far away to serve as an ambassador as punishment. His life is now always in danger and as things become more complicated he stops at a Viking village and ends up being chosen to go on a quest with the new Viking ruler to help stop a mysterious threat in a faraway Viking territory.

The key thing I noted was that in the movie we have a man thrown into a situation where he doesn’t understand the language or the culture but he must battle with twelve other men to win a cause that is not his own. What struck me about this movie is the way the main character Antonio Banderas starts to learn and understand the language and culture of these people he has been placed with and in turn, they started to learn from him. The characters each started out with huge differences between then, but in the end, by living and working together their united knowledge and efforts prevailed against the terror that resulted in their quest.

Unity despite obvious differences. That is what I take from this movie and hold on to every time I watch it and when my kids are older we will watch it and have a debate to see what they think .

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