Film review John Smistad Olympia, Wash. Synopsis: When an explosion in the Norwegian mountains awakens an ancient troll, officials appoint a fearless paleontologist to stop it from wreaking deadly havoc. This fantasy-action film stars Ine Marie Wilmann (War Sailor) and was directed by Roar Uthaug (Tomb Raider and The Wave). Norwegians, including we of familial descent, are big on trolls. Big trolls. Like, really big. They used to be bigger. The focus, not the creature. Legend has it that when King Olaf The Holy “Christianized” Norway in the late ninth/early 10th centuries, he decreed that all credence invested in the existence of trolls shall cease. And so it is said that the entirety of these colossal species then disappeared underground, ever since existing beneath the myriad of majestic mountains crowding the north of Norway. Until today. Once again, they live l
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John Smistad

John Smistad is a published author of short stories, poems, essays, and movie reviews. He lives and loves with his family and cat in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. He is the fiercely proud son of a native Norwegian dad. (He loves his mom, too.) You can follow him as on his blog at

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