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September 6th, 2006:
In the spectacular land of the Kingdom of Ehb, the ruling King Konreid (Burt Reynolds
) must defend his castle and his people from the evil Gallian (Ray Liotta
), who seeks to overthrow him. A horrifying army of animal-like warriors known as the Krugs has been sent by Gallian to pillage and destroy any villages in their path as they rampage across the land on their way to the King. The life of a simple family man named Farmer Daimon (Jason Statham
) is changed forever when the Krugs invade his peaceful community. After they murder his son and kidnap his wife Solana (Claire Forlani
), Farmer is determined to take vengeance. Together with his old friend Norick (Ron Perlman
) and a sorcerer named Merick (John Rhys-Davies
), he sets out on a momentous journey to get his wife back. Along the way, he will encounter magic and adventure as the quest soon reveals his destiny in the kingdom.What to Expect: Uwe Boll
, also known as Dr. Uwe Boll, is an awful filmmaker, flat out, and there is just no sense in beating around the bush about it. In recent years, no other director has been bashed more by critics or has received more attention for a negative contribution than Boll. In fact, the controversial director got so fed up with the damaging publicity recently that he challenged any of his critics to a fight. Anyone who has criticized his work in the past and was willing to participate in the charade would be flown out to Germany to take on Boll in the ring. It seems that some of the directorís harshest critics have already accepted the challenge and are being assembled for the showdown. They need to be well prepared because Boll has been training. Article continues below
The directorís three previous films, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, and BloodRayne, were all panned with resounding and uniform decisiveness. All three movies were video game adaptations and although House of the Dead could be considered a commercial non-failure, relatively speaking, the remaining two performed progressively worse at the box office. Considering that Bollís budget ballooned with each new film and reached an all time high at $25 million for BloodRayne, thatís not good news for any producer, especially since BloodRayne went on to barely scrape up a few million at the theaters.
Well, Boll doesnít appear to be one to slow down since he has three more projects lined up besides In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Unsurprisingly they are all based on video games. The first film, Postal
, will feature the infamous Gary Coleman
playing himself and will revolve around a Post Office employee that goes on a berserk rampage. The second one, Far Cry
, is based on a first person shooter game. Finally, for his third movie, Seed
, Boll actually accidentally erased the script from his computerís hard drive. However, before anyone thinks about rejoicing, the filmmaker recently announced that he has since rewritten a good portion of the script and likes the new one even more than the old one. That probably means we will like it less.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale represents a bit of a departure for Boll, who has decided to break away from his busy schedule of simply adapting video games to the big screen in order to additionally rip off recent fantasy adventures like The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His newest offering is based on a popular 2002 Microsoft game for PC, but it is also an attempt to tackle on the enticing film universe of courageous warriors, powerful wizards, and epic battles. Since his work has become questionable to many to say the least, Boll will personally release the film through his very own distribution company, Event Film. The German tax laws that once rewarded his failed projects with massive tax breaks no longer exist so it may be getting harder and harder for the director to put out his masterpieces. Initially, Boll considered splitting his 4 and 1/2 hour epic into two parts, but eventually settled on one 2 and 1/2 hour movie that may be expanded to a 190-minute runtime upon its release on DVD. All of his previous films typically lasted a bearable 90 minutes so for anyone hoping to check out In the Name of the King for some laughs, you may want to reconsider.
The casting is quite diverse, perhaps too diverse since I believe many of the actors donít fit at all. I was going to try to come up with an analogy that would perfectly capsulate how awful of a choice Burt Reynolds is for King Konreid, but I couldnít think of anything comparably bad. Matthew Lillard
, who plays the Kingís nephew, is an equally poor choice, but at least that adds a new dimension to the filmís realism. If both stick out so badly, then clearly they must be related. Ray Liotta may have some fun as the villain, but even he seems like an odd fit and I can easily imagine his performance coming off as excessively humorless. Kristanna Loken
, who broke through into the mainstream with her role in Terminator 3, but has not done anything memorable since, returns for her second go-round with Boll after starring in BloodRayne. She plays Elora, an enchanted tree-like creature that comes to Farmerís aide. Will Sanderson
, one of the directorís favorite regulars, plays Bastian, Farmerís brother-in-law. John Rhys-Davies, who plays Merick, is one of the few actors that actually seem to fit in this movie, but his contribution to the Lord of the Rings trilogy may have something to do with that. Jason Statham is also a relatively appropriate choice for his role as the simple Farmer. I suppose both Rhys-Davies and Statham benefit from their British accents. The most remarkable thing about this cast, however, is the mere fact that Boll was able to assemble such a diverse group. I cannot comprehend why so many familiar names would agree to star in this picture, but I suppose it must have been a profitable venture.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale has been blessed with an astounding $60 million budget, which is quite phenomenal for what is essentially a B-movie at best. The film was shot in Canada, which is typically a good place to cut down on costs, yet it was still so expensive. In general, there has been some optimism about this production from the public and Boll believes that the movie is compelling enough for mainstream audiences. I think thatís irrelevant as this epic is bound to flop. Besides the poor casting, the weak screenplay by unknown writers, and the derivative premise, the idea of adapting a video game into a movie is completely backwards. Simply put, people do not want to watch video games; they want to play them. When I was younger, I fought for the controller and not for the best seat in the room from which I could observe others play. The idea of a movie based on a video game may seem enticing at first, primarily to fans, but everyone is bound to be disappointed by an adaptation to a medium that is bound to put limitations on a concept that was once free for anyone to tinker and experiment with on their Playstation. I think video game fans will only be frustrated by a flick that will take them on a journey they may not want to go on and leave them powerless to do anything about it.In Conclusion:
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale will probably be another good Uwe Boll film to stay away from. From the derivative material to the largely miscalculated casting, thereís very little here that suggests this film could work.
Additionally, the twist that Farmer is actually King Konreidís son, which makes him a prince and rightful heir to the throne, is totally uninspired.
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Anyone thinking about checking this one out simply as a goof may want to reconsider given the movieís lengthy running time. As someone who found the Lord of the Rings drawn out in parts, I can only imagine how numbing a film that lacks any good parts will be. Thatís 150 minutes that most will probably want back.Similar Titles: Beastmaster 2