In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
In the Name of the King is a fantasy-based script, based on the role-playing video game Dungeon Siege. The story features hordes of mindless, bloodthirsty Krug warriors controlled by Gallian (Ray Liotta), an evil sorcerer hidden in the dank, recesses of the castle. From his vantage point, Gallian plots to overthrow King Konreid (Burt Reynolds) and inaugurate the sovereign’s loathsome, cowardly nephew (Matthew Lillard) as a puppet monarch. But his plans to topple the regime don’t account for Farmer (Jason Statham), a quiet, hardworking man whose wife (Claire Forlani) is kidnapped when the marauding Krugs descend on the village of Stonebridge.
Arming himself with a broadsword, Farmer joins his old mentor Norick (Ron Perlman) and his brother-in-law Bastian (Will Sanderson) as they set out to avenge the deaths of countless townsfolk and rescue the captives. During his campaign, Farmer is sought out by the King’s own mystic Merick (John Rhys-Davis) who senses some power in the unpretentious crop grower. But despite Merick’s invitation, Farmer is reluctant to enlist until he sees the enormity of the opposing forces. While he eventually agrees to fight along side Commander Tarish (Brian J. White) and his troops, he still eagerly takes the opportunity to slip away from the main battlefield by volunteering for a dangerous infiltration mission.
From the opening credits of this two-hour epic, audiences are besieged with endless battle scenes. Although sanitized of senseless blood and gore, the depictions prove to be intense as men are shot, slashed and decapitated during the conflicts. Unfortunately, the clashes do little to move the storyline forward. Feeling more like diversions, the script jumps aimlessly between the burgeoning casts of soldiers, forest fairies, prisoners and royals.
Though magical powers, massive armies, black clad ninjas and buxom female combatants may be components of the gaming genre, the side stories inherent in that style of entertainment fail to convert seamlessly to film. Rather than trying to pack every element on to the screen, filmmakers should have trimmed down their cast or left the Farmer to plow his rows in the gaming world.Starring John Rhys-Davies, Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Leelee Sobieski.. Running time: 127 minutes. Theatrical release January 10, 2008. Updated May 2, 2009
In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale
Rating & Content Info
Why is In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale rated PG-13? In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense battle sequences.
Although this film contains some brief depictions of alcohol use, a drunken royal and an attempted poisoning along with some exposed cleavage, parents greatest concern will likely be the ongoing and often brutal battles between the Krugs and humans. Under the command of Gallian, these monstrous beasts slash their way through the countryside, killing, pillaging and abducting prisoners. Characters are stabbed, shot with arrows, beheaded and set on fire. Frequent swordplay and hand-to-hand combat are portrayed along with corpses. Infrequent profanities are used.
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In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale Parents' Guide
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The most recent home video release of In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale movie is April 15, 2008. Here are some details…
The video game inspired movie, In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, comes to DVD in a widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio). Included on the disc are deleted and extended scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and the movie’s trailers. Audio tracks are available in English 5.1 Dolby Surround, with subtitles in English and Spanish.