Talk about underrated. I don’t think anyone even gave John McTiernan’s “The 13th Warrior” a single thought when it was released into theaters in 1999. I saw the film when it landed, and loved every second of it. Essentially another retelling of the Beowulf legend based on the book “Eaters of the Dead” by Michael Crichton, the film starred Antonio Banderas and featured fantastic Viking action and mayhem. Instead of one creature of myth to deal with, the Vikings in the film had to deal with a whole legion of cannibals that raided them at nights, dragging their victims back to their cavernous lair to eat later. Fans of the Beowulf legend will get a real kick out of Crichton’s interpretation, while fans of action movies in general will just howl at the brutal bloodshed and hacking onscreen.
A great video compilation of the movie featuring stunning music: