Hammer of the Gods

  • 18
  • Farren Blackburn (2013)
  • UK
  • 94 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

If it's gratuitous Saxon violence you're after then you've come to the right place. This low-budget Game of Thrones-meets-Centurion saga sees dying Viking king James Cosmo send out his son Charlie Bewley to find his half-brother whom he believes is the only warrior who can take on the gathering Saxon armies and cement Norse rule in central Britain. There are lots of visceral imagery and silly names like Ivar the Boneless, along with damsels in distress, creepy Christians and back-stabbing power grabs before the incest-heavy denouement comes into bloody focus. Doctor Who director Farren Blackburn serves up an old-fashioned high adventure romp - just like another Hammer used to make in the 1960s (Viking Queen, The Brigand of Kandahar) - with the addition of a bit of Lock, Stock finessing and a welcome return to the big screen for Glynis Barber. It's a bit of fun popcorn action, but at its basest level.

Plot Summary

A Viking prince is sent on a dangerous quest by his dying father. The young warrior must seek out his older brother, who was exiled from the kingdom years before, and persuade him to return home and defend the land from invasion. The challenges he faces on the way shape him into a worthy heir to the throne. Action adventure, starring Charlie Bewley and Clive Standen.

Cast and crew

Cast

Steinar
Charlie Bewley
Hagen
Clive Standen
King Bagsecg
James Cosmo
Hakan
Elliot Cowan
Astrid
Glynis Barber
Jokul
Guy Flanagan
Grim
Michael Jibson
Ivar
Ivan Kaye
Vali
Theo Barklem-Biggs
Agnes
Alexandra Dowling

Crew

Director
Farren Blackburn

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo Films
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, brief nudity.
Released 30 Aug 2013
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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