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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

LOTR copycat is so bad it's good -- for laughs.

Movie PG-13 2008 124 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

This is not a copy of LOTR

I really like the film and I don't really care what the film critics think about it. It should be seen as a fun romp with Dungeon Siege Ehb characters. Those who see it as a copy of any other movie really should know that it is NOT. If you judge it against other fantasy movies and find it lacking then so be it. Magic users are part of many Role Playing Games (RPGs) not just Dungeon Siege. As I have said it should be seen as a fun romp and judged accordingly.
age 10+


Watched this with my ten year old son, who does not like overly violent or gorey films, blood makes him feel sick, we both loved it, yes it's very similar to Lord of the rings 're storey line but simpler and easier to watch, sometimes that is a good thing when you do not want to have to concentrate too hard or constantly explain overly complex storey lines, really do no get the bad reviews, also think it holds lots of morale, never give up and stand up for what you believe etc....

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It's not just that the movie's production values are low -- which is surprising, since German filmmaker Uwe Boll reportedly had a $60 million budget -- it's that nothing works. Least of all Statham, who's as charismatic here as a block of cheddar. At least the supporting players -- like Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman as Farmer's mentor, and Brian White as the king's general -- make the most of their laughable lines. And Liotta is surprisingly funny in lunatic mode. But Leelee Sobieski, who once seemed poised for a leading-lady career, is dull as Gallian's ex-girlfriend -- who happens to be Merick's daughter and fellow sorceress.

In the Name of the King's similarities to the Rings films are so obvious (almost frame-for-frame in certain shots) that you have to wonder whether Peter Jackson will get royalties for Boll's mess. But as the second hour closes in (it's a nearly unbearable 124 minutes long), some moviegoers may find themselves laughing -- unintentionally, of course. If you don't mind movies that are so bad they're entertaining in their awfulness, this is a fine pick. Just don't say you weren't warned.

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