Hammer of the GodsJuly 7, 2013
A young man transforms into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving landscape in search of his long lost brother, Hakan the Ferrocious, whose people are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 4.6/10 (1,968 voted)
Director: Farren Blackburn
A high energy, high concept, stylish action epic set in the Norse world sees a passionate young man transform into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving British landscape in search of his long lost brother Hakan The Ferrocious who his people are relying on to restore order to their kingdom following the bloody death of their king.
The film started well with a bunch of Vikings coming to reinforce their
military presence in Britain. Immediately, though, they learn that the
king is dying, hence the quest. The actors were a bit weird, but I
thought it lent veracity to the whole misfit Viking group concept.
There were some intrigues and possible betrayals, beautiful scenery,
actual Viking behaviour (haven't met any, but I could believe this was
something they did) and high production values. It was all set for
And then it faltered. I don't know exactly when it did, but it did and
the rather brutal finale did almost nothing to shake the feeling that
something is terribly off. Perhaps the different pieces of the puzzle
that didn't fit together was the problem. Indeed, looking back, almost
none of the perils through which the group passes are actually leading
the story. It feels like a bad horror movie where people die one by one
for no real reason other than to leave the guy and the girl alone in
Bottom line: too bad that from something that could have easily become
a cult hit, like The 13th Warrior, it went to a sub par film. And the
ending was abysmal.