The best thing about Netflix is watching movies you normally wouldn’t find anywhere else to watch. Sure this was probably tucked away on some dusty shelf at Blockbuster, but you would have missed it. Arn : The Knight Templar is a film from Sweden and is basically the Swedish version of Braveheart. That can’t be a bad thing can it? There’s plenty of English, but you will need to have the subtitles enabled for the combination of Arabic and of course Swedish that is thrown in at different times.
The story follows Arn Magnusson, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman who is educated in a Monestary. One of his teachers is a Knights Templar who sees more than just a Holy Man in young Arn. He is raised to fight, and perhaps one day serve his God in The Holy Land. Enter the love interest who is betrothed to another yet falls in love with Arn. What follows is a 20 year sentence for each, that will test their strength and love for each other. The film runs just over 2 hours, but has a solid pace and will keep your interest. Bonus appearance is probably the only face many Americans will recognize is Stellan Skarsgård who plays the part of Arn’s Uncle. Skarsgard, of course is the father of True Blood‘s Eric Northman, Alexander Skarsgård, and also the lesser known Gustaf Skarsgård, who plays Floki in the History Channels hit Vikings.
Rating – 4 out 5 stars