This past Sunday, Lost Crichton and I went to see the latest Uwe Boll flick, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
. It managed to be a campy piece of fantasy entertainment, manages to be a bit better than either Eragon
or Dungeon & Dragons
. It also is a bit worse than Lord of the Rings
, but let's not dwell on that side of it.
This is arguably the first of Uwe Boll's video game movies to have somewhat decent pacing. While the plot lurches around its dozen or so characters, most of the scenes are rather short. Large scale battle sequences are enlightened by such goofery as medieval ninjas, jungle lesbians, and catapaulted flaming orcs.
Most of the acting is fairly monotone. Jason Statham as the heroic lead, in particular, reads off his lines as if his motivation is a pint of Guinness waiting for him at the end of a take. Matthew Lilliard gives a delightful, if drunken, performance as a Duke waiting for the King (Burt Reynolds) to shuffle off his mortal coil.
I'll agree with Lost Crichton that the movie is best when nobody is talking, but some of the dialogue will become camp classics in time. The final fight scene of the movie manages to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Fans of Bloodrayne
will notice extremely similar fight choreography in this scene.
Overall, this is Uwe Boll's best video game movie, but not his best out of his ouvre (that would be either Heart of America
[Boll's take on a Columbine massacre!] or Sanctimony
[a thriller in the vein of American Psycho starring Casper Van Dien).