In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) – By Nic Brown

 Director Uwe Boll has made a name for himself as an independent filmmaker. To date his specialty has been producing and directing a number of movie adaptations of popular video games including: The House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, and Alone in the Dark. While none of those films have been critical successes, Boll’s production company has reportedly never lost money on a feature thanks to international box office and his tight control of the DVD distribution rights. Now Boll has created his most ambitious project to date with the release of In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Reportedly budgeted at $65 million, the film features action star Jason Statham as a man known only as farmer.

Farmer is, aptly enough, a farmer in a small village. His life is forever changed when his wife is kidnapped and his son murdered by an army of man-like beasts called the Krug. Now Farmer sets off on a quest to save his wife and to take revenge against the evil force controlling the Krug, a dark mage named Gallian (Ray Liotta). This is no simple matter. Gallian is plotting with Duke Fallow (Matthew Lillard) to overthrow the King (Burt Reynolds). The King’s mage, Merick (John Rhys-Davies) takes a special interest in Farmer and his quest because he knows there is a link between Farmer, and the King.  

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale has a lot going for it. Director Uwe Boll has gathered an impressive cast for the film. Boll made a number of what at first seem as unusual casting choices. Burt Reynolds is surprisingly good in his role as the old King. However, it is Ray Liotta, who really stands out as the maniacal mage Gallian. Neither of these actors are known for playing these kinds of characters, yet Boll shows he has a good eye for casting with those choices. Of course Jason Statham is perfect for the part of the farmer turned warrior. He has made a name for himself in action films such as The Transporter and War, and does not disappoint when he picks up a sword for this film. The large budget also allowed for the film to have some impressive battle sequences and excellent special effects which add greatly to its entertainment value.

One problem the film has is that it tends to skip through some of the basics. Some of the character introductions are not clear and plot points can become confusing. This includes the end of the film which seems to come rather abruptly, and although the overall outcome is clear, a better job could have been done tying up a number of loose ends. That said, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a very entertaining film. It has plenty of action, some humor, excellent special effects and good performances by the entire cast. It is a fun fantasy film to watch. It is unfortunate that many critics and film-goers may dismiss the film offhand without ever seeing it simply because it is an independent film from Uwe Boll. It is a mistake to make such judgments without first seeing the film. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a good movie that stands on its own merits. Check it out and see for yourself!