In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007, USA)

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a basic variety fantasy film. It has romanticized country living, plenty of sword fighting, riding on horses through the woods, evil sorcerer, and a good, but dying king. The damsel in distress figure has been updated to a more modern version though, where she has other qualities beside beauty. I was not aware of this when I watched the movie but it seems to be based on a video game called Dungeon Siege.

The movie had several actors I like (Leelee Sobieski, Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman) and a few I recognize both in terms their name and faces and in terms of solid acting capabilities (Burt Reynolds, John Rhys-Davies). Despite having this cast as a whole I cannot call this a good movie. Partly because Jason Statham, who played the hero doesn’t do it for me .I think he is like a piece of wood, incapable of showing emotions, or any kind of development. He is a great fighter, but being poker faced gets tiring in this kind of movie. Here he should have done more than in the purely action oriented Transformer movies (where I liked him.) Or the problem might have been with the uninspiring directing. From this story a much more engaging movie could have been created. Nevertheless I enjoyed the scenery and some of the choreography of the fights. But ultimately I think it is the writers’ fault, who managed to write a lackluster story from a video game format.