Brutal violence is the order of the day in this very unremarkable story that serves up weak acting, mawkish narration and not a whole lot in terms of plot development. Keep reading at your peril.

A young Viking boy is left to perish in North America when he dishonours his people by refusing to engage in their acts of violence. A native tribe take pity on the boy, when he is found alone and frightened. After much debate, they decide to raise him as one of their own, although many members of the tribe refuse to allow the boy, who is given the name Ghost (Urban), to participate fully in their rituals.

But when Viking ships return to plunder the land, Ghost is finally given the chance to prove himself as a Brave. While out hunting, his village is completely wiped out and his family and friends slaughtered. He returns to find the carnage that has been left in the wake of the attack and swears revenge, setting out to warn the Pathfinder (Means) and his beautiful daughter (Bloodgood) of what is to come.

And so, if you could imagine He-Man on speed, he becomes invincible from this point on. Unarmed, he faces fleshing-ripping weapons and comes out of it all pretty-much unscathed, although the term hero might be a bit of stretch of the imagination.

We know that director Marcus Nispel is capable of better from his efforts at the helm of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre', but there is little to recommend anyone else's endeavours here. The acting is stiff and predictable and it feels like the entire cast have resigned themselves to going through the motions for a desperately-needed pay cheque, such is the rigidness of the interaction.

Utterly laughable and lacking in any kind of suspense factor, 'Pathfinder' is one of those movies that really gets on your nerves. You want to walk out of the cinema but somehow it manages to convince you that there might be something better around the corner. But the twist just never comes.

Linda McGee