In the Name of the King

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In the Name of the King
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Genre: Action
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: January 11, 2008
Runtime: 127 minutes (Theatrical cut)
156 minutes (Director's cut)
Country: Germany
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 2008 film directed by Uwe Boll. It is based on the Dungeon Siege series of video games.


After his son is killed and his wife kidnapped, a farmer sets out on an adventure in the Kingdom of Ehb.

Why It Sucks

  1. It has pretty much nothing to do with the Dungeon Siege video games.
  2. The cast list is just bizarre; many of the actors, particularly Matthew Lillard and Burt Reynolds, are horribly miscast.
  3. Cliched plot.
  4. All the characters are flat and uninteresting, so it's impossible to care about any of them.
  5. The movie is basically a rip-off of Lord of the Rings.
  6. Terrible editing; the sudden cuts to completely different scenes are really jarring.
  7. Terrible script with inane dialogue.
  8. Terrible acting from pretty much everyone.
  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.
    • 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.

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.


The movie received mostly negative reviews, with criticism focusing on its bad acting and low production values. It was also a box-office bomb, only making $13 million of its $60 million budget.


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