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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007 – PG-13)

March 20, 2008

Boll's best work.

CAST

I feel like I am watching a car wreck every time I watch a Uwe Boll film, but I had to watch In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale due to the sheer number of names in the film and because I played the game. When the film went to production, I was amazed to see names like Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman, Claire Forlani, Kristanna Loken, Matthew Lillard, Ray Liota, and Burt Reynolds. Tania Saulnier and other lower tier actors and actresses round out the remaining cast.

All in all, this is a decent cast. Couple that with the fact the Boll was making the film, and I had serious questions as to the immediate fate of the world. However, given a mediocre-at-best script, a generic soundtrack, and Boll’s directorial styling, the cast was severely hampered. Everyone still performed admirably, but I think Liota was a miscast for the part. Someone more suitable for an evil magic user would have helped a lot. Reynolds’ role probably could have been improved by someone else also, but he was adequate.

Cast = 16

Soundtrack/Score

It’s amazing how easily a movie can be sabotaged by a generic score. Given a few tweaks here and there, and a decent score, and this film would have been a lot better.

Soundtrack/Score = 10

Quote/Catch Phrase

As has been mentioned, the script is a tad suspect. Check that, the script stinks, but the story is workable. It’s essentially a fantasy version of The Outlaw Josey Wales, but without much in the way of clever dialog. Maybe if I watched this film at 3:00 in the morning with a bunch of people I would find something more entertaining, but this line by the evil wizard will have to do, “You have no idea how powerful madness can be.” Which I guess explains how Uwe Boll keeps getting money to make films.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 8

STORY

The story somewhat resembled the game it was based on, and is entertaining enough for a film. Basically, a farmer, known as Farmer (Statham) is forced to defend his homeland after his family (except his wife Solana, played by Forlani) has been killed by an invading army under the rule of an evil wizard (Liota). Farmer, his mentor Norick (Perlman), and his brother-in-law Bastian (Will Sanderson) head off in search of a captured Solana. Farmer is then pressed into service of the king (Reynolds) by the king’s magi (Rhys-Davies) while Norick and Bastian end up being captured along with Solana.

Meanwhile, the king’s nephew Duke Fallow (Lillard) has betrayed the king numerous times and eventually murders him during battle thinking he is heir to the throne. It turns out that Farmer is actually the long lost son, who was presumed dead at the age of 4 or 5, of the King. Farmer, as the new king, takes a small party to the heart of the evil wizard’s realm to kill him, and rescue Solana and the others.

As I said, the story itself is fairly entertaining and the weak script and generic score can be overlooked if you are bored and feel like a fantasy film. Compared to Boll’s other films, this is Citizen Kane. I was stunned to see how decent this film turned out to be. Sure, fifteen minutes could easily have been trimmed off the film, and a few of the Bollesque action sequences could have been eliminated, but also excused as this film IS based on a video game. Furthermore, who, aside from some pirates, doesn’t want to see a division of ninjas fighting alongside knights?

Story = 15

Rewatchability

I could see watching this film once or twice more. It probably has more rewatchability than the game had replayability. Besides, Forlani, Sobieski, and Loken all looked smoking.

Rewatchability = 13

Total Score = 62

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent permalink
    March 28, 2008 9:21 pm

    Doesn’t look too bad. Nice effects. Think the kids would like it? Maybe we can watch it when we visit.

  2. March 29, 2008 12:47 pm

    Uhm, they might like it. It’s a tad boring at points though. We can give it a whirl at any rate.

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