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 idea behind “Pathfinder” could have made for a pretty decent movie; unfortunately, the plot wasn’t enough to distract from the cheesy dialog, bad acting, and obnoxious scenes of Vikings slaughtering Native Americans. I found it slightly offensive that the only person who can protect the Native Americans from the Viking invaders is a Viking who was left behind as a child, growing up with the natives. The Vikings’ swords and iron weapons are what make them a superior fighting force. However, despite the fact that this white guy is no better trained in using a sword than the Native Americans who raised him, apparently some sort of racial instinct kicks in, because he is the only one who grabs a sword from a dead Viking and uses it for defense. This seems like a put-down to the Native Americans.
There was almost no foul language or explicit sex in this movie; however, the director definitely went out of his way to make the violence more graphic than it needed to be. Due to gratuitous violence, “Pathfinder” cannot be approved by Dove.