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Jan 212011

Here’s a movie with the fantasy of Dungeons & Dragons and the adventure of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s called In the Name of the King – A Dungeon Siege Tale, and stars Jason Statham as the hero, Farmer, who sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife Solana (Claire Forlani) from the Krug army, who also killed his son, Zeph (Colin Ford). Farmer’s friend and mentor Norick (Ron Perlman) and his brother in-law Bastian (Will Sanderson) also help him out on this quest.

The lovely Leelee Sobieski plays Muriella. She is a skilled warrior, who wants to join King Konreid’s (Burt Reynolds) army. Unfortunately, she gets turned down just for being a woman. That won’t stop her from doing what’s right, after learning that the kingdom is in peril from the king’s arrogent nephew Duke Fallow (Matthew Lillard).

Ray Liotta does a great performance as Gallian the wicked sorcerer. Sometimes that reminds me of Profion from the Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Gallian leads the Krug, which are like orcs. They’re ugly, they stink, and they’re dangerous warriors by the hundreds.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Farmer and his comrades face many dangers on their quest. Starting with a rope over a gorge, which is difficult to cross. There are no enemies shooting at them. It’s just hard to cross.

The next danger is in the Sacred Forest. Amazon women swing in the trees and use magic vines to snare any man who comes by. It’s nifty, but these Amazons are not very likable. I prefer female warriors who are friendly.

Kristanna Loken, who I remember best as Rayne from BloodRayne, plays Elora the Amazon leader in this film. I met her at MegaCon 2010.

After getting through the forest, they find Solana and other villagers who were captured by the Krug. Unfortunately, Bastian and Norick end up captured themselves. Now Farmer is on his own until good sorcerer Merick (John Rhys-Davies) rescues him.

Some of the king’s warriors, who climb up the trees, are like ninjas. I like their smooth fighting style. Maybe that was where Farmer learned his skills. Then again, Farmer uses a boomerang as Xena uses a chakram.

Later on, Gallian and Merick have a unique type of wizard duel. They use swords, but with telekinesis. It brings a whole new meaning to the term, “Look, no hands.”

This is an amazing film filled with action and adventure. I never played the video game it is based on, but I can easily picture it with the way the story line was put together. Unless it were a quest game, because that would require even more detail.