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Hammer of the Gods (2013)

Charlie Bewley , Clive Standen , Farren Blackburn  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo
  • Directors: Farren Blackburn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DI012LA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Britain, 871 AD - A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar's epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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As a fan of all things "Viking" I took the plunge and payed the $9.99 rental fee.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"You don't know what you are, but you will." After refusing to kill an innocent boy, Steinar (Bewley) is passed over for king for his brother. When he turns out to not be a good leader the kingdom begins to lose order. The people of the kingdom look to Steiner to help them. He sets out looking for his brother Hakan who everyone thinks can restore order. Along the way Steinar begins to change and becomes the man his father was hoping for. I have never really been a big fan of the 300 type movies. I'm not sure why but the whole mid-evil genre just doesn't do it for me. That said, this movie wasn't really that bad and is worth seeing but when there is no action going on the movie really begins to slow down and I start to lose interest. There is enough action to keep you watching though, but the movie really starts to feel flat about a half hour in and never really picks itself back up. Fans of this genre may like this but I thought it was just a little too slow to stay fully interested in. Overall, another 300 rip off that feels flat. I give it a C+.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars KISS MY AXE September 20, 2013
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King Bagsecg (James Cosmo) is on his death bed. He tasks his son Steinar (Charlie Bewley) to find his older brother Hakan (Elliot Cowan) who had been banned. Steinar travels with a group of men to find Ivar (Ivan Kaye) who may know his whereabouts. Steinar has a brother (Finlay Robertson) and half brother(Theo Barklem-Biggs), neither of which are warriors.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting May 4, 2014
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A king with four sons is dying, The King needs a successor, but whom should it be, which son? Each has different attributes and qualities, which the story reveals to the audience. I cared about the characters and what happened to them during their adventure. For me that's a winner. This movie has suspense, intrigue, injustice and justice along with a few surprises.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most 'B' movies are far better than this... December 26, 2013
By Buddy
I'm not really sure what to say about this movie... I'd rather watch the Wizard of Oz for the millionth time.

It sounded like it was going to be an entertaining movie, but it just never goes anywhere.

The acting is mediocre, the visuals don't hold your interest, the costumes are weak, and there isn't really a story.

I guess it's based on a book (which got good reviews) so I gather that the movie trailed quite a bit from the book (don't know -- never read it, and after seeing this movie I don't think I'd waste my time with the book either).

If there was a zero star rating I'd have given it that (in a heartbeat).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you !!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Teresa Valle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not a so great film
Published 3 months ago by Lor Von Alice
2.0 out of 5 stars skip it
I am a big fan of historical fiction both in film and movies. This has very little to do with history
Published 4 months ago by Travis
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent action movie, but not the same quality as the "Vikings" tv...
I agree with other viewers that it was a cross between the movie 300 and Apocalypse now. The costumes in general, some of the weapons and armor, language, and hairstyle of the main... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M.Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these type of movies
This is the kind of movie I would put in the "300" genre.
It has tons of action.
Super cool fighting and weapon scenes.
Gorgeous landscapes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alison in CA
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't get enough of Viking's, Saxon's & Celt's this ones for...
I am a huge lover of historical & sword & sorcery movie's & found this to be a fun action filled period piece that was historically accurate enough to enjoy the costumes &... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leo Hott
4.0 out of 5 stars i give it 4 out of 5
I know that might be high for this movie but I did like it I would watch it again. if you like the t.v show Vikings you will like it. a lot of the same people are in this.... Read more
Published 9 months ago by thecoolcard
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Not the worst movie I ever saw, but a little on the nutty side. I love all viking movies and books. It starts out great but gets dumb in the middle.
Published 9 months ago by Wittycow
3.0 out of 5 stars apocalypse now and a strange sense of humor
take the TV show "the vikings" and combine it with "apocalypse now" and you get "hammer of the gods".
honest. that is what this is. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pain doc
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass if you have to pay for it?
We didn't really like this - I only watched a small part of it, but my better half watched it all the way through - it wasn't really AWFUL, I guess, but not great either.
Published 11 months ago by Teri
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