Thursday, March 6, 2014

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007).

This is the best Uwe Boll movie I have seen. That doesn't say much. This is entertaining at times. Uwe Boll is still Uwe Boll, but actors make this work. This has interesting cast of actors. Jason Statham, Ron Perlman, Ray Liotta and John Rhys-Davies make this movie work. It could be because I like them almost in everything they have done. Burt Reynolds and Matthew Lillard also have their moments. Kristanna Loken is better in this movie than in Bloodrayne. Other actors also do solid performances. Statham probably brought his fight choreographers with him. Fighting scenes are most entertaining part of the movie. And there are enough of them. Statham is good on them and there are ninja warrior, who bring more kung fu to movie. This was fantasy movie with ninja warriors and hero had boomerang.

Jason Statham is farmer called Farmer. He doesn't do anything else than farm is farm. But he is best warrior on land. Ron Perlman is his friend. Burt Reynolds is old king. Matthew Lillard is his no good nephew, who will be next king. Lillard is plotting against king with Ray Liotta, who is evil wizard. Liotta has army of Orcs called Krugs. Liotta can control creatures, who are like Nazgûl from Lord of the Rings. This movie takes a lot from Lord of the Rings. Probably more than it takes from the game it is based on.  I haven't played the game. I can't tell if it had warrior ninjas or were they Uwe Boll's idea. John Rhys-Davies is king's mage and Kristanna Loken is leader of female warriors, who live on woods.

Statham's son get killed on Krug's attack and his wife disappears. Statham goes searching for his wife with Perlman and wife's brother. During their adventure Statham finds out he is king's lost son. He and others find that out just before king dies and nephew is made new king. Then we get into final battle. That is actually two battles, which happen at same time close to each other. Other at night, when it is raining and other daytime under cloudless skies. At same time. Kristanna Loken went from daytime battle to nighttime battle by foot. Night time battle was between King's army and Krugs.

Daytime battle was first between Liotta and Rhys-Davies. Rhys-Davies tried to talk Liotta away from the dark side, before they fought to find out, who was more powerful with the force. Liotta shoots lightnings from his fingers during fight with Statham. He obviously is using dark side of the force. Liotta beats Rhys-Davies. It is up to Statham to stop Liotta. Shockingly Liotta kills Statham with his magic and evil rules the world. Or Statham manages to kill Liotta with help of his wife and Rhys-Davies' daughter, who is now powerful mage even, when she hasn't used any magic before this point and no-one has trained her to use magic. Can you guess which happened? I can give you hint. Sun starts to shine after final battle.

Movie is not complete waste of time. It looks good, has good fighting scenes and some good acting. Uwe Boll surrounded himself with talented people, but he is still Uwe Boll. Dialog is awful. Phasing is strange. But you see interesting cast and ninja warriors. Jason Statham fans will find this entertaining. This probably works for fantasy movie fans too.

There is sequel directed by Uwe Boll. I haven't seen it. Based on Wikipedia and IMDB, it seems like it has nothing to do with this movie.

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