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Mining history for fictional fodder has been a staple of television program dating back to HBO’s Rome and now series set across the years can be found on prime time and basic cable channels with more on the way. Whereas some like the CW’s new Reign is laughably inaccurate, others do their homework and mine the reality for nuggets to hang characters and stories on. Most audiences are blissfully undereducated about world history so they will swallow events on The Tudors, Borgias, and others without realizing how many liberties have been taken in the name of dramatic license and television realities.
No surprise then that the venerable History Channel would want to get in on the fun and they wisely picked one of the least known and richest cultures to mine for dramatic fare. Last spring they unleashed the nine part Vikings, a Canadian-Irish coproduction developed and written »
- Robert Greenberger
I think it’s fair to say I don’t get on well with many of today’s historical movies and shows. I’m not a fan of Starz’s Spartacus series or the Game of Thrones TV adaptation; and the recent Viking flick Valhalla Rising bored me to tears… Pathfinder, Beowulf, The 13th Warrior, Centurion, The Eagle? No, no, no, no and hell no! So the prospect of watching viking flick Hammer of the Gods – to be honest – filled me with dread. Even more so given it’s a UK movie that, as far as I’m aware, doesn’t have an official UK release date as yet (bar it’s screening at Frightfest on August 24th) – a sign which usually doesn’t bode well for a British production. »
- Phil Wheat
It’s no secret that originality is dead in film. In fact, across all creative mediums the very nature of innovation is an illusion – how our minds are shaped is a reflection of everyone we’ve known and everything to which we’ve been exposed over our life. Every book, song, television show, conversation and meditation congeals in our mind and sometimes an idea springs forth. Barbara Grizzuti Harrison said that there are no original ideas, only original people, and that rings very true. Everything has been done before but it’s how we approach these things – these visions – and how we each adhere to a unique doctrine that can result in something wonderful.
Then there are unoriginal people, individuals who seem to revel in familiarity and cliché or are either completely, blissfully oblivious to all that has come before. If the former is the case then Hammer of the Gods »
- Simon Brookfield
Debuting on VOD and iTunes today, May 30, Hammer of the Gods takes viewers back to 871 Ad to follow a Viking warrior's quest, as displayed in our exclusive TV spot. Charlie Bewley stars as Steinar, who is sent through a dangerous land to bring his banished brother back to his father's kingdom. Watch the action unfold in director Farren Blackburn's epic adventure, which hits theaters nationwide July 5.
Hammer Of The Gods - Exclusive "TV Spot"
Set in Viking Britain in 871 Ad, Hammer of the Gods is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar's epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be »
Watch all the medieval action unfold in a gruesome red band trailer and an all-ages trailer for Hammer of the Gods. Charlie Bewley stars as Steinar, who is sent on a quest through enemy territory to find his long-lost brother. Director Farren Blackburn's action-adventure debuts on iTunes and VOD formats May 30, before its theatrical debut on July 5.
Hammer Of The Gods - Red Band Trailer
Hammer Of The Gods - Trailer 2
Set in Viking Britain in 871 Ad, Hammer of the Gods is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar's epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be - the ruthless »
History’s Vikings has traveled in its first season has farther than the sea path between Sweden and England. From Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) first discovery of lands out west to his defeat of the Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), last week’s defeat of King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) didn’t have enough gold to help drown Ragnar’s pain of coming home to find Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) had lost the baby, one he was sure was a son.
In “Sacrifice,” Ragnar takes a group of his finest warriors and Athelstan (George Blagden) to Gamla Uppsala, to ask for forgiveness, to ask the gods to be blessed with more sons. Uppsala is a place where ones feel closer to the gods, where one can have alcohol and shroom-induced hallucinations, and where King Horik (Donal Logue) roams. But to celebrate the gods presence, the festival of sex, music, prayer and spirituality must »
- Ernie Estrella
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