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This was the fifth movie of Boll's that I tried to watch but again
switched off to another channel, to be clear I didn't waste any money
renting or buying this waste of a DVD case, I tried to watch it on TV
but it was so awful I tuned away less than an hour in, so now you know
Uwe Boll's movies are so bad I've never been able to sit through any of
This whole movie is just a blatant rip off of the Lord of the Rings, even modeling some of the creatures and weapons off Peter Jackson's trilogy. It's insulting even to compare this heap to such a great series, but now you know there is nothing original about this crap fest.
Jason Statham was probably the most wooden performer in the film as he tried to pull of some strange farmland accent but at times let his English accent slip out, and his character seems extremely stupid because he never puts on any armor and just attacks enemies with his normal farm clothes.
This movie just proves that Uwe Boll has not any creativity or originality and doesn't have the slightest clue of how to direct a film. Don't say I didn't warn you if you decide to waste two hours of your life on this insult to cinema.
This is a great fantasy film and unlike most that are released went
back to the 'old school' of fantasy films. Many these days are clearly
made for TV films but the values on this are far beyond the average.
Since 'Lord of the rings' the film makers have seen that there is a
place for these type of film. The only down side was the creature
makeup let it down some as it was clearly basic masks with no 'hero'
character with better makeup.
Now for the good parts,The locations were amazing to look at and a lot of work had gone into the buildings (should have aged the thatch though)the fight scenes are all you could want,up close and in the large fights you see the chaos of mêlée fighting between armies. I had no problems with any of the acting even though some people have knocked the dialogue its a d&d type of film and its what you would expect (thankfully its not full of thee's and thou's). At about 2 hours it has the time to tell the story well but do not expect any big surprises if you are a fan of this type of film as it ticks all the box's that you would expect. Great for a DVD night in with a group of friends.
On a lovely Sunday morning my husband saw nothing better to watch than this colossal pile of stink on the SyFy channel. Knowing that this channel often plays crap like this that was filmed solely for straight to television movies, I assumed this was the case. Then as I suffered through minute after minute of cheesy dialog my husband reminded me that it indeed was released in theaters?!? I was shocked! How could such anyone have ever payed to see this?! As I watched the poorly edited fight scenes with the Krug army, I was reminded of the slow-no-impact fight scenes of such laughable shows as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (The film quality was comparable) I kept laughing to keep from going into a rage! I've seen student films that had more depth and dimension than this waste of time. My only hope was that the mildly famous cast of stars had a huge payday for allowing their names and faces to be attached to this.....well....I've run out of ways to call this film a steaming pile of crap.....Please don't waste your time!
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Review: In the name of the King ( a Dungeon Siege tale).
Directed by Uwe Boll. I think I should have known that this would not be worthy purchasing, And I would have left it in the store if I spent 1 millisecond looking at the production house BOLL KG or the Director. But I saw Jason Statham, who turns out quick good action movies, mostly with a higher level of dialog than the average Die Hard movie. So Jason made the sale, that and I love the LOTR genre of movies. And surely though the rest of the cast isn't that actual there are some big names out there: Ray Liotta, John Rhys Davies and Burt Reynolds. So why did this film not bring what it should? Starts with a capable director: Uwe Boll has produced quite some movies, and has an impressive list of actors and actresses, but where he scores on the acting list he sucks in the department of script, cinematography, music, and to certain extent costumes, props and sets.
Script, well the story arc has no tension, emotion, excitement there is nothing there, just a whole sequence of shots without anything, and it lacks continuity and basically is pretty meaningless. Example: Spoilers head:
"A kingdom in peril, an ambitious idiot of a kings cousin, starts an allegiance with an evil sorcerer, to overthrow the kingdom. The evil sorcerer makes/or uses Orc like creatures called Krugs, call them Orcs, somehow I don't think the term is trade marked. Consistency wise there is no continuity in the script on this point, the Krugs are a know race which seem to be disorganised creatures who don't harm anyone, because everyone is surprised when they start attacking the kingdom...., later one Ray states that he simply will make more. So what is it going to be?"
There is no emotion: Jason loses a son, and goes about it quite matter of fact, he is now going to destroy the world of the culprits all by himself if required.
The characters and quests are meaningless: Someone who doesn't carry any other name than farmer, is pretty lame anyway. Call him James the farmer, it is already better, but he has fighting skills, nice side plot, let him be ex-military or something, give him a bit more credibility, and makes his quest a bit more feasible. And makes the name James the Farmer logical, someone who hung his guns up and decided to live a peaceful life.
So the basic story lines of our main characters are: the idiot cousin: power the evil sorcerer: absolute domination The farmer: revenge ( oh yeah and rescue). The king: Saving his kingdom The rest: filling in the gaps.
plot line 1 and 2 are conflicting, neither characters support each other. plot line 3 he has a conflict with himself, one would expect someone wrought by hate and pain with the loss of his son and wife. we get a action figure with endless energy and strength. the king, doesn't really seem to be really impressed with the whole thing. The rest, as said filling.
Cinematography/choreography/scene build-up: Even though some people where involved as extra's there is a lack of scale, there is no feel of a kingdom, it feels as if it is shot in someone's backyard. large backyard. but every sense of a kingdom is lost, there is as stated earlier no scale. That goes for the "massive armies, which posse a threat, or are going to solve it, to the empty feeling of each opposing main castle" Lighting: absolutely awful, please get someone who understands light for these movies UWE, a basic photography class will already help, the feeling of the movie can already be improved with good lighting. it is absolutely lost here. Shots, if you are filming a fight scene of a main character, don't have the other one in the background messing up the focus and not doing anything with it, you don't respect the quality of your character if you do that. Try to stick with a sequence, it is really horrific to be flicking back and forward between shots, you lose the audience that way, no one knows anymore what they are looking at. Leave the Chinese circus in the circus, and the jazz dancers in a dancing hall. seeing simultaneously 10 people doing a back flip in Ninja outfit is lost on me, we where in a European style middle age movie, not in shanghai. Having the circus actors, gliding down Lian's is also awful, this is not Tarzan and his family.
The music: it is to much, i feel as if I am at the ring of the Nibelungen. The music doesn't support he action in this film or the delicate scenes, it basically overwhelms it.
Well that is it for me, another one for the movie academy on how not to do it. I have to say that reflecting on for instance alone in the dark or blood Rayne, that the fight scenes are better. But that is about it. It doesn't have to be lord of the rings, that is not within the capabilities of probably any aspect of this movie, but try to make it at least a descent movie, I feel as if it was a scam, the package looks as if it contains a movie, the package feels as if it contains a movie, but the package contains nothing that represents a movie.
I understand why people hate previous Boll features, but I don't see
why everybody needs to bash In the Name of the King so much.
Its no masterpiece by far, but I think it has great production value, a so so cast, that do what they are told, and an okay, if not original, story.
I rate this movie way higher than The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emporer for instance.
Let me emphasize that this is no great movie, but a an okay fare for DVD with its beautiful (if once again unoriginal) images, okay effects, wooden acting and neat production design. It looks expensive as opposed to other Boll flicks.
Also the fight sequences are mighty fine with above average choreography.
This movie can do nothing but hurt the careers of any and all of the
actors and actresses, except maybe Burt Reynolds.
If you like rubber monster masks, synchronized vine swinging women in bad robin hood costumes, ninjas, and evil mafia crime figures played by Ray Liotta, then you might want to watch the film, after they dump the DVDs in the garbage.
The director Uwe Boll should be arrested and charged with "movie poisoning", some viewers may feel nauseous or even get sick from seeing this movie.
There should be a rating lower then 1!!!!
Time, Money, Talent. All wasted with this redundant nonsensical
meandering knock-off of every action-fantasy-drama film made in the
last 5 years. At one point, Jason's character was hoping around kicking
bad guys like the Transporter, transported to middle Earth. There are
so many areas in the plot curved filled with other movies bits and
pieces that nothing really gels. Most of the key secondary actors
pretty much where robots.
There is no positive defense for this turd.
Why did one of the Kings special guards fire an arrow with a bell on it into a tree? Nothing was done with this little tidbit of plot.
This film felt like all the actors involved were fulling some public service agreement for too many parking tickets.
I totally agree with previous comment on that "movie". What a waste of
time, two hours to watch that ! Lucky i did not have to pay to watch
that piece of art either ! as i downloaded it from some sites for free,
since, i believe that movie do not even worth the time spent to
complete the download, my sincere apologize to my internet service
provider for the over use of bandwidth ! What is all about those bad
and low budget movies, always shot in Vancouver !?? Do American
producers and film makers have something against Canadian and the
Beautiful British-Columbia ?? Sorry, i totally forgot that "Juno" was
shot there as well, what a great movie !! Thumbs up !!! But let go back
to " In the name of the King ". All those monster soldiers made of
obvious rubber cheap outfit, remind me the "Ninja Turtles" ( another
piece of...art, made in Vancouver ).
The acting is bad, the cast is bad, Ray Liotta is bad acting and cannot even succeed to laugh naturally... It seems that the budget was entirely used for the last five minutes of the movie, with a couple of nice computer graphic effects and that's it ! By the way, it looks that it had been shot in the very same location of the 1999 movie " The 13th warrior", the setting looks pretty similar, but this time, Antonio Banderas did not want to make another mistake !!!...
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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - Uwe Boll's latest
cinematic abortion has a main character named "Farmer" (Jason Stratham)
who goes on to fight the evil Gallian (Ray Liotta) all in the name of
King Burt Reynolds. You read right. And despite all kinds of comedy
that sentence might imply, the film is bitterly unfunny. Some comedy
might have eased the pounding boredom.
I couldn't begin to describe what's wrong with this movie, but I'll try. Firstly Jason Stratham's character is known only as "Farmer". Even his wife doesn't know his name. He's a hard-edged working class character, and one of only two Brits in the entire movie. He shouldn't have any sort of combat skills. Yet when the call to battle is raised, Farmer suddenly wipes out fleets of stock bad guys with an odd mixture of swordfighting, kickboxing, and the occasional poorly done CGI boomerang toss. Where the heck did that all come from? Why is "Farmer" named "Farmer"? That's the poorest descriptor I could ever pick. Oh and *spoiler*! Farmer's the son of King Burt Reynolds. Take that as you like. My explanation is it's the script vomiting up blood in its last dying throes.
Next, I mentioned that Stratham was one of two Brits in a fleet of Americans doing poor British affectations. The other British man is John Rhys Davies, whose presence makes the whole thing that much sadder. He does the best he can with the poor material offered. Ron Perlman is here too, presumably paying the rent before the Hellboy2 check came in. Kristanna Loken strangely comes back after sucking....blood in BloodRayne. It's unusual to see anyone of even minor celebrity status come back to Boll after one outing. It must be because the script gives her so much to say about war and the environment. Nearly everyone over or underacts, and it's ridiculously uneven.
Sidenote: Being lectured on the environment by Uwe Boll is like being criticized by a meth addict. God knows how many reels of film and gallons of gas and carbon dioxide emissions were spent making this film.
Anyway, back to the acting. The worst sinner here is Ray Liotta. Goodfellas fans, be warned. You may experience a heart attack during his acting. Hammy doesn't even begin to describe it. He just yells half his scenes, often in a pitch that could put Wallace Shawn to shame. He didn't have as far to fall as Ben Kingsley did in Boll's BloodRayne, but it's still one of the worst performances outside of the Sci-fi channel (Where this film belongs). Liotta also has telekinesis and psychic abilities, which he could use to murder everyone, but just uses slavish idiots instead. It's all just plain retarded.
It gets worse. The story is impenetrable. The aforementioned enemies resemble something from Power Rangers. I kept waiting for Goldar. The editing is ridiculously confusing and sloppy. The battles just go on forever and are ridiculous. Example: One side has no archers. Technically the other side could just pick them off and keep retreating. But no. Instead we get increasingly muddled and boring combat involving characters we don't care about. The film is more soporifically effective than a glass of warm milk.
I could be kinder as funny enough, it's still not the worst film Boll has ever unleashed on the world. That dubious honor goes to House of The Dead. It's not even Boll's most boring film, which is Alone in the Dark. But I'm so malicious because in the end it's a two hour long unfunny parody of The Lord of the Rings. Virtually shot for shot you can pick out a scene reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, except not in the same realm of awesome. Not even passable. It's so especially painful for such a devoted fan that I give this a vengeful and hateful F.
Ewe Boll, the director, must have naked pictures of some big finance
people in Hollywood to still be making movies because as others here
said, had I known he directed it, I would have skipped it all together.
But they do not tell you that in the previews often and all I saw were
the dazzling array of great actors. But actors are often the product of
great direction and great writing. This movie lacked both. If I were
Jason, or John, or Kristen, or Bert, I would gladly give back my fee
and even a little extra to have every copy of this go the way the
George Lucas wants the Star Wars Holiday Special to go. (I.e., with a
It is sad how much I wanted this move to be great! Some of the back ground shots, the cgi, is amazing. The trailer pretty much has all the best scenes in it and they are only so good when taken out of context of the awful before and after scenes. In the end, what a waste. I and I am sure most of the crew would like two hours or several months of our lives back.
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