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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2013
  • Tommy Wirkola
  • 87 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action fantasy starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. Years after escaping the clutches of a witch, brother and sister Hansel and Gretel work as soldiers of fortune dedicated to eliminating these forces of evil. But they come up against their most powerful adversary yet when eleven children are abducted from a small village.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Ever wonder what happened to Hansel and Gretel once they roasted that witch in the gingerbread house? According to this fast and furious all-action continuation of the classic fairy tale, the sibling slayers (played by a stern Jeremy Renner and a game Gemma Arterton) became bounty hunters. Their latest assignment is tracking a powerful witch (Famke Janssen) who is kidnapping local children for sacrifice at an upcoming Blood Moon Sabbath. Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola takes an irreverent approach with jokey anachronisms including steam-punk weaponry (like semi-automatic crossbows) and giving Hansel diabetes as a consequence of his sweet tooth. There's salty language, too, but you can't take anything too seriously in this very silly but amiable romp through Brothers Grimm land, peppered with trolls, demons, and witchfinder generals. However, because Wirkola accents the grislier dimensions of the quest - complete with crushed heads, chopped limbs and gushers of gore - this fanciful fable is strictly for grown-ups.

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Credits

Cast

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HanselJeremy Renner
GretelGemma Arterton
MurielFamke Janssen
MinaPihla Viitala
BerringerPeter Stormare
Tall witchZoë Bell
BenThomas Mann (2)
EdwardDerek Mears
JacksonBjorn Sundquist

Crew

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DirectorTommy Wirkola

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2013-02-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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