With the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones and more recently History Channel’s Vikings it comes as no surprise that more and more from that genre is starting to emerge. The latest Hammer of the Gods looks to bring the Viking action to a new level but does it deliver the Norse epic action that fans expect or will it get lost on the journey?
Hammer of the Gods follows a young Norseman who travels the British landscape along with a small group of warriors in search of his lost brother who they are relying on to restore their kingdom following the death of their king. This genre is one of those that are really hard to get right. There are a lot of elements that are needed to make these kinds of movies work. This one sports the epic feel and visuals to take you into the Viking world, but lacks the characters to really make it effective. The performances are decent enough, but the lead character seems a bit all over the place bouncing from a total badass to being a bit fragile and never really lives up to what they are trying to accomplish. He’s not bad by any means it is more of a story issue that doesn’t make sense all the time, but tries to bring it together at the end. There is plenty of Norse sword wielding action to please any fan of this genre and most of them are really well executed with the exception of a few here and there. The film moves a bit slow at times, but thrust just enough action into the mix to suck you back in when you start losing interest.
This film could have easily fallen into the straight to video vibe but thanks to some great production value and a clear sense of passion to bring it to life makes it something worth checking out. These films are made for a certain fan base and while it may not be completely historically accurate but it is entertaining and worth checking out.