Hammer of the Gods Saturday, 04 April 2020

Hammer of the Gods

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo, Elliot Cowan, Glynis Barber, Ivan Kaye, Michael Jibson, Guy Flanagan, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Alexandra Dowling, Finlay Robertson, Michael Lindall, Francis Magee

  • Directed by:

    Farren Blackburn

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)


    People are attacked, hacked, slashed, stabbed (some repeatedly), dismembered, eye-gouged, bitten, stoned, punched, head-butted, elbowed, bound, near-strangled, threatened at sword-point/spear-point, hung upside-down, thrown down a well. Hanged head and mutilated body (animal), burning building, a man's neck is broken. Battles with swords, battle-axes, bow-and-arrow, knives. Screaming. Head chopped off, killing, death mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood spray, blood splatter, bloody cuts, bloody grazes, drinking blood. A wound is stitched (needle seen entering split flesh). Spilled organs, severed limbs, open wounds, decapitated head, bruising. Corpses, skull.


    Kissing (male-male/male-female). References to anal sex, homosexuality. Sexual innuendo. Shirtless men, topless women.


    Alcohol. Gambling (arm-wrestling). A man drinks an unknown hallucinogen.


    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, cr*p, b*tch, bastard. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about rape, homosexuality, paedophilia.


    Vikings, 9th Century Britain, Saxons, brothers, oaths, quests, banishment, superstition, leadership, betrayal, ritual, symbolism, sacrifice.


    Deceased wife/mother mentioned. Horses, birds, snake. Lightning, fog, campfires. Furs worn, fur blankets, spitting. Shapeshifting, omens, magic mentioned.


    Great costumes. Makes good use of ominous Welsh terrain. Good cameos from Cosmo and Barber.


    Disappointing and underplayed finale, frantic performances, dreary production values, brutally violent and unnecessarily profane, uninspired battle choreography, weak characterisation, rapid-fire editing, abysmal dialogue. Lacking, ridiculous, overwrought, unremarkable, calculated, inferior, pointless, repetitive, stupid, misogynist, over-macho, tasteless.

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