Besides the subpar acting, one thing stood out as the downfall of what could have and should have been a wonderful movie- the directing. So I wasn’t too surprised when I looked up Marcus Nispel on the Internet Movie Database and found that the only thing he’d ever directed was music videos; and boy does that show.
Pathfinder is filled with cameras shaking and rapid angle changes, all edited together to leave you scratching your head wondering what the hell was the point of doing that. Nispel tried to make the film different and use a “style”, all he did was fail miserably, and the end result was a movie not worth paying to see; hell, not one worth watching for free either.
The plot is simple and yet still ridden with holes: Vikings come to North America, young Viking boy refuses to kill Native American child. With the Vikings gone, the young boy is left behind and raised by the Native American’s. The Vikings return to finish off the Native’s, and Ghost is now a man with exceptional sword fighting skill (in spite of being raised by Native’s) and he is looking to stop his kind… by killing all of them. So much for being against killing.
Don’t expect to see “strong brutal violence throughout”, because due to the horrible directing and editing, you see very little of the action. And of course the parts you do see, you have no idea what the hell you’re looking at.
If you’re looking for a decent flick to watch, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one to watch in place of this dreck. Avoid seeing this waste of time and money.
Pathfinder gets a one out of five: AWFUL.