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Island at the Top of the World

  • Rated G
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A man commissions an airship and crew to search for his missing son

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- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Unimaginative plot, interminable dialogue in 'Old Norse', some pointless love interest, and a particularly repulsive poodle.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Rotten: The Arctic looks like a melted dessert, the Viking village like a low-rent neighborhood in Disneyland, and the Vikings themselves like Hell's Angels on Halloween.

- Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine, Sunday, April 24, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Picked this up recently for just about nothing when a local video store went out of business. In all the trailers, they say over and over about what an epic adventure this is, biggest spectacle ever blah blah blah blah blah. For its day, it was OK, not great, just decent. I happen to like this type of film very much, so I enjoyed it.

- fb712816713, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

4 stars

A fantastic adventure about a rich father who has lost his son. The last he knows is that his son joined a whaling ship and talked of traveling north from Greenland to find the "whale's graveyard." The father hires an esteemed archaeologist known for his breadth of knowledge of the arctic and a Fernchie airship (this took place even before zeppelins) to travel far, far north in an attempt to find his lost son. The eskimos are scared to travel to the place the son is said to have ventured because of demons and spirits. The demons and spirits turn out to be Vikings from a settlement 1000 years old who fearcly fight to protect their homeland and way of life. Convinced that the intruders are scouts intent on bringing many more to their volcano and spring-warmed paradise, their immediate execution is ordered. Not much time is actually spent at the wonderfully designed Viking nation as they attempt to escape into icy mountains with a legion of Vikings on their tail. Oh yeah, the shoot Shamu, shoot him and his family dead! Surprised that hadn't been edited out in our more PC and enlightened state of being we as a people have now reached.

- CHILIcheeseDONUTSwithTUNAonTOP, Friday, September 4, 2009

3 stars

Loved it as a kid. Enjoyed the painted sets as an adult. Whose doesn't love a Minnesotan archaeologist finding a lost colony of Vikings?

- grayavec, Tuesday, September 1, 2009