In this lavish historical epic - set in the Middle Ages - Arn, the knightly son of a Swedish nobleman, must journey to the Holy Land on horseback as a sentence for falling in love with a forbidden romantic partner, Cecilia, who in turn, is banished to spend the rest of her days in a convent. The harsh voyage carries Arn through the heart of the medieval world and into the core of brutal and bloody Crusades. Both he and Cecilia must learn to fight to survive, to confront evil and overcome tremendous suffering and misery, guided by the faith that one day they will be reunited. Arn returns home to fight for his love and his life's mission: to unite Sweden into one kingdom.
Although some fine battle scenes and generally pretty photography elevate the film from poor status it never really shines. Based on the first of a series of novels the tale struggles to hold the viewers attention. It's not difficult to predict what is going to happen which means it's easy to lose interest. It's not terrible but neither is it great.