Hammer of the Gods Friday, 26 April 2019

Hammer of the Gods

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Valhamateur.

  • 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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

    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.

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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