In the Name of the King

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In the Name of the King:
A Dungeon Siege Tale
In the Name of the King - theatrical poster.jpg
Directed by Uwe Boll
Produced by Uwe Boll
Dan Clarke
Shawn Williamson
Wolfgang Herold
Written by Doug Taylor
Based on Dungeon Siege 
by Gas Powered Games
Starring Jason Statham
Leelee Sobieski
John Rhys-Davies
Ron Perlman
Claire Forlani
Kristanna Loken
Matthew Lillard
Ray Liotta
Burt Reynolds
Music by Jessica de Rooij
Henning Lohner
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Edited by Paul Klassen
David M. Richardson
Production
  company
Brightlight Pictures
Vivendi Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (Germany)
Freestyle Releasing (US)
Release date(s)
  • April 11, 2007 (2007-04-11) (Brussels International
    Festival of Fantasy Films)
  • November 29, 2007 (2007-11-29) (Germany)
  • January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11) (United States)
Running time 127 minutes
Country Germany
Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[1]
Box office $13,097,915[2]

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a 2007 fantasy adventure film directed by Uwe Boll, inspired by the Dungeon Siege video game series. It was produced by Brightlight Pictures and distributed by Freestyle Releasing and Vivendi Entertainment in the United States and Canada. 20th Century Fox took distribution overseas. It premiered It was released in Germany on November 29, 2007 and was released in the United States on January 11, 2008.

Plot[edit]

In the previous war involving the Kingdom of Ehb, a three year old boy was found wandering the field of the Battle of Oxley Pass by the rancher Norick (Ron Perlman) and adopted by the town of Stonebridge. While Norick could be considered his stepfather, the child was cared for by the entire town, including the family of Basstian (Will Sanderson) and Solana (Claire Forlani). His identity unknown, the boy grew up to be known as Farmer (Jason Statham), married Solana, and was raising his first son Zeph (Colin Ford) when war suddenly struck again with a surprise attack by the Krug.

The adversary was a Magus-in-exile, Gallian (Ray Liotta), sadistic, megalomanical, and very powerful, influencing the normally primitive, almost animal-like Krug to take up arms, don armor, and fight against Ehb with a courage, intelligence, and ferocity that surprises all of the Kingdom's inhabitants. While King Konreid (Burt Reynolds), Commander Tarish (Brian J. White), and a significant proportion of Ehb's standing army surveys the damage at and seeks recruits from Stonebridge, the King's nephew Duke Fallow (Matthew Lillard) and Muriella (Leelee Sobieski) allow Gallian to infiltrate the castle. Muriella's father Merick (John Rhys-Davies), the King's Magus is with the King at Stonebridge, and takes the liberty to investigate the matter of Farmer's true identity.

Farmer's adopted name belies his leadership and combat abilities and, in defiance of the King, he convinces Stonebridge's civilian combatants to mount a rescue mission. Gallian, via an avatar, had killed Zeph and taken Solana and other inhabitants of Stonebridge prisoner. Farmer's rescue mission goes very badly, Gallian nearly kills him because of the threat he poses (a mechanic of Kings, Magi, and magical power in the movie's world.) Farmer kills several of Gallian's avatars and escapes execution with the help of Merick, who brings him before the King to reveal his true identity as Camden Konreid, the King's son, solving a major inheritance problem: Duke Fallow is selfish and immature, poor material for royalty even if he weren't in league with Gallian.

Muriella had betrayed Ehb and her father largely by accident: she fell in love with Gallian, who proceeded to deceive and train her, stealing her power. After she realized his dark nature, she breaks off their romance, and confesses to her father Merick, who finally has an answer to another problem of his: a growing imbalance of the magical power in Gallian's favour. To offset this, the normally reclusive nymphs of Sedgwick Forest, led by Elora (Kristanna Loken) side with Ehb against Gallian.

The King decides on a surprise attack against Gallian's advancing forces, and Duke Fallow, caught in his treachery, has only his personal guard remaining. Gallian seeks the blood of Farmer, who prevails, while Duke Fallow succeeds in mortally wounding the King, who dies after the forces of Ehb force Gallian to retreat. Farmer's brief battlefield coronation surprises everyone except Gallian, and he decides to press to the attack all the way to Gallian's keep the following day.

Farmer leads a small force consisting of Merick, Muriella, and Elora through mountains to Gallian's back door. The main force led by Teresh and escape efforts led by Norick and Basstian keep Gallian busy, even as he interrogates Solana. Gallian's magical sense for royal blood reveals to him that Solana is pregnant with Farmer's second child, and because of his preoccupation with this, she is able to join in the final battle between Gallian and Farmer's infiltration team. Elora is not able to enter, while Gallian kills Merick and defeats Muriella's magic; Solana and Farmer kill Gallian together. With his magical influence gone, Gallion's avatars vanish and the Krug immediately revert to their natural disposition, retreating from Teresh's hard-pressed forces. The movie ends with the royal couple, still in their peasants' clothes, happily reunited.

Cast[edit]

Loken previously played the lead role in Uwe Boll's BloodRayne. Will Sanderson has also been featured in all but one of Boll's video game-based films, starting from House of the Dead.

Production[edit]

The production budget was $60 million.[1]

Parts of the film were shot in Robert Burnaby Park

Boll has said that two versions will be produced due to length. The first will run for 127 minutes as a single movie trimmed down for cinematic release. The second, a director's cut, will be for DVD and run for approximately 156 minutes.[3]

The film was shot near the Municipality of Sooke, the westernmost area of the Greater Victoria, Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia. Locals and First Nations people were recruited as extras and for other duties.

Visual effects were added in post-production. Companies included Elektrofilm, Frantic Films, The Orphanage, PICTORION das werk, Rocket Science VFX, Technicolor Creative Services, TVT postproduction, and upstart! Animation.

Soundtrack[edit]

The German power metal band Blind Guardian recorded the movie's main theme, "Skalds and Shadows".[4] The British progressive metal band Threshold contributed the song "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" from their album Dead Reckoning. The Swedish power metal band, HammerFall, also contributed a track, "The Fire Burns Forever". Wolfgang Herold was the executive soundtrack producer.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In the Name of the King was a box office bomb, grossing $2.98 million in its U.S. opening, not cracking that week's top ten.[5] It had grossed $10.3 million worldwide, including $2.47 million in Germany, $1.39 million in Russia and $1.22 million in Spain.[6] Afterwards, Uwe Boll announced that this would be his first and last movie with a large budget.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was critically panned. The film holds a 4% "Rotten" rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 49 reviews, with the consensus "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[7] and in 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video games movies.[8] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 15 out of 100, based on 11 reviews — indicating "extreme dislike or disgust."[9] Many critics have attacked the film's close resemblances to other fantasy films, especially the popular Lord of the Rings films.[1][10][11]

The film was nominated for five Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds) and Worst Supporting Actress (Leelee Sobieski), with Uwe Boll winning Worst Director.

Sequels[edit]

Despite being considered a bomb, Boll filmed a sequel titled In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds.[12] Filming began on December 1, 2010 and it was released in 2011. The film stars Dolph Lundgren and Natassia Malthe.

A third film, In the Name of the King III, was filmed in 2013 but not released until 2014. The film starred Dominic Purcell, with Boll returning to direct.[13]

Home media [edit]

The DVD, released on April 15, 2008, does not include the 156-minute version. The Blu-ray release in December 2008 contains this edition. 813,147 units were sold, gathering a revenue of $14,865,984, more than its box office grossing.[14]

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