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In The Name Of The King:
A Dungeon Siege Tale
cast: Jason Statham, Ron Perlman, John-Rhys Davies, Ray Liotta, and Burt Reynolds

director: Uwe Boll

122 minutes (12) 2008
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Metrodome DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 2/10
reviewed by James A. Stewart
Born out of the ashes of the ever-popular videogame Dungeon Siege, this film breaks new ground in complete awfulness. In The Name Of The King could have been a poor man's Lord Of The Rings, but instead it is just poor. It features a cast of potent potential and turns them into amoeba-like partners in a world of slip-shod copying. Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider, as well as the aforementioned Tolkien films are drawn upon with obvious gusto and reverence in this Uwe Boll directed flick. Clearly there is an attempt at taking the formulaic approach to In The Name Of The King that was successful its influential predecessors. Instead what we get is a film that dies somewhere between art and parody as Boll fails to excite anyone, especially his cast.

Jason Statham (The Transporter) is his usual high-kicking self. Enough said. Ray Liotta is downright disinterested (and disinteresting) as the evil wizard with a grinning fetish, and Burt Reynolds plays the king; royalty being an essential component in any fantasy film. The orcs of In The Name Of The King are renamed krugs and display pretty much all the same traits as their fiendish Tolkien cousins. Of course, they bring Farmer (Jason Statham) into the war by killing his family and kidnapping his beautiful wife, Solana (Claire Solani). Only Ron Perlman of Hellboy fame gets any plaudits - but there is no point being the tallest dwarf in town as his competition in In The Name Of The King is not exactly Oscar material.

So, that's the plus points... on the negative side, the dialogue is cringe-worthy and the production more scraggly than a long-haired grunge-rocker who has just been pelted with eggs, add to this the fact that the fight scenes are simply puzzling - with The Matrix influence not too difficult to pick out: this film is so bad it was impossible to turn off. Uwe Boll has been nominated for two 'Razzies' in the last few years. If there is any justice in the world he'll finally come through these nominations and scoop his first worst director prize for In The Name Of The King.

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