Underrated Adventure Movies: The 13th Warrior
If there’s a reason a Michael Crichton story doesn’t always hold up with readers, it’s because the writer has a tendency to get a little too technical at times and unless a reader is able to push this type of writing, it might be a little too off-putting. But the adaptation of Eaters of the Dead, which turned into The 13th warrior, has become somewhat of a cult classic that many who have seen the film would agree that it is a great transition from book to screen. The story is fairly straightforward and contains just enough whimsy without dealing with actual magic or the need for odd effects, and as it is told from the perspective of a man who is not a warrior but becomes one, it is ‘is a little more interesting as we witness his rapid evolution from court poet to hardened veteran of dark and bloody battles. Antonio Banderas played the role of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan quite well, especially when it came to admitting that he was not a warrior and that he did not understand the manners of the men of the North with whom he was. called to ally.
The story begins with Ahmad’s caravan fleeing from the Tatars, a large ethnic group that was likely to attack and plunder the caravan until they fell in sight of a Viking ship carrying warriors the Tatars apparently knew better than to hire . Of course, Ahmad’s caravan leader wasn’t too happy to meet them either, as not all Viking stories around this time were glowing either. But upon entering the main encampment, Ahmad and his father’s old friend Melchisidek quickly found out that the celebration they had fallen into was for the fallen king and the reason for the gathering, as they were quickly introduced to Buliwyf, the heir apparent. It’s kind of funny that Herger, one of the best characters in the movie, finds a common language that he and Melchisidek speak, and so lets Ahmad know one morning that the Northerners are called to a realm that is all theirs. known. , and is plagued by an ancient evil that they cannot and do not want to talk about.
When the village oracle is called upon to summon thirteen warriors to undertake this quest, the Northerners, led by Buliwyf who volunteers first, let it be known who will be ready to undertake this perilous journey. Once the oracle reaches the final summons, however, it becomes clear, especially after Herger does, that the Thirteenth Man does not have to be a Northman. In other words, Ahmad must also make the trip. To make a long story short, he is despised and called “Arab” and “Ibn” and is shown no respect, at least until he learns the language of the Northerners along the way, surprising them all. a night around the fire while he talks. their language with only minor difficulty. It is Herger and Buliwyf who speak most quickly to Ahmad, Herger nicknamed him “Little Brother” and Buliwyf sticking to “Arab”, which become terms which Ahmad says are not as derogatory as they are. look like it and are badges of respect as the warriors teach. explain to him gradually and in a roundabout way what they are and how to survive in their world.
The old enemy, known as Wendol, turns out to be a serious threat to the people they came to help and operates under the leadership of a mother and a leader, who are the central figures of the whole Wendol tribe. The Wendols also firmly believe that they are bears, or at least look like bears as they wear hides, use teeth and fangs, and dress in headgear and furs to give themselves the appearance of bears. . The vicious battles that occur between the Wendol and the Thirteen Warriors soon leave the Warriors exhausted as each conflict they engage in ends up losing at least one or more. By the time the final battle unfolds, they are down to just five warriors in total, and right before killing the mother Buliwyf was poisoned, so his time is measured in minutes. What’s really inspiring is that before the final battle begins, Buliwyf manages to stumble to challenge the Wendols and even manages to kill the Chief.
Some might think that this story didn’t work out as it portrays one side or the other in an unfavorable light, and it could be in some ways. One could even squeeze thoughts of colonialism into the mix and declare that Wendol was defending their territory by killing as many. But the point is that the no compromise and the urge to just kill or be killed was a strong motivation in this movie. All in all, it was a fun yet extremely bloody adventure story worth watching more than once as there’s a good chance you’ll miss something the first time around.