Based on the popular “Dungeon Siege” video game series, the harrowing journey begins as a hardworking family man becomes a reluctant warrior after an evil sorcerer sends an army of murderous beasts to ransack his peaceful village and capture his wife. Set against some of the most rugged and breathtaking terrain ever captured on film, In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale stars one of today’s most in-demand action heroes Jason Statham and was directed by Uwe Boll (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark), renowned for transforming video games into original onscreen adventures.
“The king called upon you to face death.” “Those still standing have cheated death of its prize, but our enemy still lives.” “He’ll rebuild his forces and launch a renewed assault.” “Tonight we dress our wounds, and bury our dead.” “Tomorrow we march on Christwind hold, and gouge evil from its shell.”
Sometimes all it takes to ignite the passion of a hero is an army standing tall behind him. Other times, to spark the flame of an army, it takes only the fury of one man.
In the tradition of Lord of the Rings, and other medieval time period films, In the Name of the King doesn’t hold back on the action whatsoever. The only bad thing this movie had going for it was Uwe Boll sitting in the director’s chair. Voted by many famous movie critics as the worst film director of all time, he somehow keeps getting work. He’s known for his movies that were poorly adapted from video games, such as House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, Blood Rayne, and soon to be released Far Cry. He has never had a success in the box office, and is predominately stuck in straight to video hell. The funny thing about the director is his ability to land a large cast of well known people. Statham plays the hero known as Farmer. Burt Reynolds is the king of the land that is being invaded by an army of creatures known as the Krugs. Ray Liotta is an evil sorcerer that uses magic to control the Krugs into invading the innocent kingdom.
The movie didn’t need to be two hours long, but nevertheless, still kept my interest. There are better sword and sorcery movies out there, but the combination in the cast made it an entertaining one to watch at least once.
Review by Charlie Giltenboth