In the Name of the King

In the Name of the King
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Genre: Action
Fantasy
Directed By: Uwe Boll
Produced By: Uwe Boll
Dan Clarke
Shawn Williamson
Wolfgang Herold
Written By: Doug Taylor
Based On: Dungeon Siege
Starring: Jason Statham
Leelee Sobieski
Ron Perlman
John Rhys-Davies
Claire Forlani
Matthew Lillard
Kristanna Loken
Will Sanderson
Tania Saulnier
Brian J. White
Ray Liotta
Burt Reynolds
Cinematography: Mathias Neumann
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox (Germany)
Freestyle Releasing (United States)
Release Date: November 29, 2007 (Germany)
January 11, 2008 (United States)
Runtime: 127 minutes (Theatrical cut)
156 minutes (Director's cut)
Country: Germany
Canada
United States
Language: English
Budget: $60 million
Box Office: $13.1 million
Franchise: Dungeon Siege
Sequel: In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds


In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, or simply In the Name of the King is a 2007 film directed by Uwe Boll. It is based on the Dungeon Siege series of video games.

Plot

As war looms in an idyllic kingdom, a man named Farmer (Jason Statham) begins a heroic quest to find his kidnapped wife (Claire Forlani) and avenge their son, who was murdered by horrible warriors called Krugs. Meanwhile, villainous Gallian (Ray Liotta) sends his evil army to overthrow the rightful king (Burt Reynolds) and steal the throne.

Why There's No King

  1. The biggest problem with this film is that it has pretty much nothing to do with the Dungeon Siege video games.
  2. The pacing is not very good.
  3. Cliched plot.
  4. All the characters are flat and uninteresting, so it's impossible to care about any of them.
  5. Just like D-War, the movie is basically a rip-off of the Lord of the Rings.
  6. Terrible editing; the sudden cuts to completely different scenes are really jarring.
  7. The dialogue can be laughable.
  8. Terrible acting from pretty much everyone, especially from good actors like Jason Statham, Matthew Lillard and Burt Reynolds.
  9. The effects are terrible.
    • The CGI looks really cheap.
    • The Krug costumes also look really cheap.
  10. Uwe Boll deleted a lot of plot-relevant scenes, which leads to a lot of plot holes and unanswered questions.
    • To be fair, this is remedied in the Director's cut.
  11. Lame fight scenes; they just drag on and on, and the choreography is terrible.
    • For example, the final battle scene is just lazy; the actors just stand still while using their magic to swordfight each other. Maybe it would have been more impressive if done better, but here it just looks stupid.
  12. Just like House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark, it has awful direction by Uwe Boll.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The bizarre casting and over-the-top acting, particularly from Ray Liotta, is kind of fun to watch.
  2. A lot of the scenes are unintentionally funny.
  3. The Director's cut might be better than the theatrical cut.

Reception

In the Name of the King received mostly negative reviews, with criticism focusing on its bad acting and low production values. The film holds a 4% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 2.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film." The film is also ranked in that site's 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s and in 2008, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video games movies. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 15 out of 100, based on 11 reviews — indicating "overwhelming dislike." Many critics have attacked the film's close resemblances to other fantasy films, especially the popular Lord of the Rings films. It was also a box-office bomb, only making $13 million of its $60 million budget.

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