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Hammer of the Gods [Blu-ray]
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The best part of the film is the casting.
Ivan Kaye does a great job portraying a pederast Ivar the Boneless. While I don't agree with the direction the film took with the character, Kaye pulls off the role very well. Viewers may recognize Kaye as King Aella from History Channel's "Vikings" television series.
Another veteran from History Channel's "Vikings" is Clive Standen as Hagen, the main character's closest companion. In History Channel's series Standen plays Ragnar's brother Rollo and Standen pulls off the look and temperament of a Viking in this film just as well.
James Cosmo plays as King Bagsecg and although he gets little screen time he steals every scene where he plays the main character's bitter, dying, father. Viewers may recognize him from "Game of Thrones" where Cosmo portrays Jeor Mormont.
Game of Throne's Alexandra Dowling also makes an appearance as Anges. In this role she is underutilized and tends to be just the "pretty face" in the background.
Finlay Robertson plays the main character's scheming brother Harald. Some might recognize him from the BAFTA award winning episode "Blink" from BBC's "Doctor Who" television series.
Unfortunately, The Vampire Diaries' Charlie Bewley does not do quite so well in making us care about his role as the main character, Steinar. Not saying his acting is bad just that he seems miscast in the role.
This movie is very predictable. Lots of action and violence.
Some of the production choices a cringingly bad: in an early fight sequence we are introduced to the main characters by freeze frame portraits of them with their names emblazoned in a giant rock-like font.Read more ›
I enjoyed "The Hammer of the Gods" because it's an exciting movie with complex characters, vivid setting, good plot, and a nice musical score (the whole nine yards). I could watch it again and again. Oh, Charlie Bewley's haircut in this movie is simply beautiful!
Ivar prefers the companionship of young boys. The film utilizes grindhouse style in its introductions and fighting. Both the Vikings and Saxons have British accents. I thought the Vikings had thicker accents. There were numerous anachronisms in the speech, slang, and general ideology. The ending of the film had me scratching my head as it turns into a bizarre apocalyptic Mad Max scene.
I do not consider this a pseudo history in the same vein as the others that have been released, it is too far off the track.
Makes for an odd historical rental.
Parental Guide: F-bombs, nudity, no sex.
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Alot of gore and decent character story line. Some parts are very forward and gruesome. I enjoy alot of medieval fantasy era movies. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Daniel Kagarise
Good low budget action flick. Lots of sword fights. Gritty, Spartacus fans will enjoy it.Published 3 months ago by Crixus460
This movie is slightly different than most movies of its type. However, it was ruined because there is very little to no storyline behind most characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sulfen
None of the characters had any depth, and it all seemed so pointless.Published 9 months ago by San Diegan