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Hammer Of The Gods Blu-ray Review

Hammer of the Gods Blu-ray

“Hammer of the Gods” is a virtually plotless Viking movie.

Set in Britain 871 A.D. amidst the Viking/Saxon battles, “Hammer of the Gods” revolves around a dying Viking King (King Bagsecg) who sends his son Steinar on a mission to find his long lost crazy son Hakan (who is positioned to be the future King). With a few men at his side, Steinar embarks on a dangerous quest to find Hakan, but soon discovers that this whole mission might have another purpose.

“Hammer of the Gods” is the type of movie that was undoubtedly greenlit because it is so clearly influenced by mega hits like “300,” “Thor,” the “Spartacus” TV series, “Game of Thrones,” and perhaps even the “Vikings” series. As you can probably guess, ‘Hammer’ doesn’t hold a candle to any of the above listed titles. The entirety of ‘Hammer’ feels like someone clumsily recorded a live action role-playing game in beautiful locations and added dubstep music for the soundtrack (yes, there’s dubstep music in this Viking movie).

Matthew Read’s script doesn’t fare much better here thanks to the modernized dialogue and the paper thin heroe’s journey plot about betrayal, inner conflicts, family, and destiny.

As for the cast, it’s largely unconvincing. James Cosmo (of “Game of Thrones” fame) is the only believable cast member here, but he’s only in a few scant minutes. Steinar (played by “Twilight” cast member Charlie Bewley) is one of the least convincing Vikings you will ever see. He may be able to pull off the stunts and fighting well enough, but when he opens his mouth or emotes, you’ll wish he didn’t.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The lush locals shine in hi-def. That’s really all the movie has going for it.

Audio track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Sharp.

Extras:
* Magnet and Magnolia trailers, 3 “Hammer of the Gods” trailers, and BD-Live capabilities.
* Interviews with cast members Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, Guy Flanagan and Michael Jibson.
* The obligatory AXS TV featurette on the movie.
* “Behind The Visual Effects”- A look at Seb Barker’s f/x work on the film.
* “Making of Hammer of the Gods” contains film clips, set footage, interviews with the cast and crew, the usual.

September 28, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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