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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Directed by Uwe Boll
Produced by Uwe Boll
Dan Clarke
Shawn Williamson
Wolfgang Herold
Written by Doug Taylor
Starring Jason Statham
Leelee Sobieski
John Rhys-Davies
Ron Perlman
Claire Forlani
Kristanna Loken
Matthew Lillard
with Ray Liotta
and Burt Reynolds
Music by Jessica de Rooij
Henning Lohner
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Editing by Paul Klassen
David M. Richardson
Distributed by North America
Freestyle Releasing
Brightlight Pictures
Vivendi Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Release date(s) January 11, 2008
Running time Theatrical cut
127 minutes
Extended cut
165 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $27,963,899

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a 2007 fantasy film inspired by the Dungeon Siege video game series, which was directed by Uwe Boll. It was produced by Brightlight Pictures and distributed by Freestyle Releasing and Vivendi Entertainment in the United States and Canada. 20th Century Fox took distribution overseas. The MPAA granted the film a "PG-13" for "intense battle sequences". In the Name of the King was released in the United States on January 11, 2008.



Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows a man called Farmer (Jason Statham), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana (Claire Forlani), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krug. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick (Ron Perlman) he travels to Stonebridge; however, the Krug kill his son and capture his wife. With the help of Norrick and Bastian (Will Sanderson), Farmer's brother-in-law, he intends to find and rescue his wife.

The Krug are being controlled by the wizard Gallian (Ray Liotta) who is amassing an army to overthrow King Konreid (Burt Reynolds), with the assistance of the King's nephew Fallow (Matthew Lillard).


Kristanna Loken previously played the lead role in Uwe Boll's BloodRayne. Will Sanderson has also been featured in all but one of Boll's video game-based films, starting from House of the Dead.


The movie premiered at Fantasia Festival 2007, with the cut rushed from the production studio, and director Uwe Boll hosting a Q&A session before its screening.

Boll has said that two versions will be produced due to length. The first will run for a little over 120 minutes as a single movie trimmed down for cinematic release. The second will be for DVD and run for approximately 165 minutes.[2]


Parts of the film were shot in Robert Burnaby Park

The movie was filmed near the Municipality of Sooke, the westernmost area of the Greater Victoria, Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia. Locals and First Nations people were recruited as extras and for other duties.


The German power metal band Blind Guardian recorded the movie's main theme, "Skalds and Shadows".[3] The British band Threshold contributed the song "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" from their album Dead Reckoning. The Swedish power metal band's Hammerfall from "The Fire Burns Forever" is also featured in the movie. Wolfgang Herold was the executive soundtrack producer.


Box office

In the Name of the King was a box office bomb, grossing $2.98 million in its U.S. opening, not cracking that week's top ten.[4] As of February 13, 2008, it has grossed $10.3 million worldwide. Afterwards, Uwe Boll announced that this would be his first and last movie with a large budget.[4] In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video games movies.[5]

Critical reception

The film received extremely negative reviews from critics. As of February 13, 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 4% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 45 reviews. Not only that, it was ranked 49th in Rotten Tomatoes's 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s.[6] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 15 out of 100, based on 11 reviews — indicating "extreme dislike or disgust."[7] Many critics bemoaned the film's close resemblances to other fantasy films, especially the popular Lord of the Rings films.[1][8][9] Like most Uwe Boll movies, it is now included in many lists of the worst films of all time.[10][11]

Home media

The DVD which was released on April 15, 2008 does not include the 165-minute version. The Blu-Ray release in December 2008 contains this edition. 813,147 units were sold, gathering a revenue of $14,865,984 which is more than its box office grossing.[12]

The production budget was $60,000,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c DVD Talk discusses the budget of In the Name of the King
  2. ^ Bloody-Disgusting - All Things Horror
  3. ^ Blind Guardian in the movies: Rocking the King
  4. ^ a b In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale at Box Office Mojo. Accessed February 13, 2008.
  5. ^ "Top 10 Worst Video Game Movies". Time Magazine.,28804,1851626_1851846_1851705,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-25.  
  6. ^ "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-02-13.  
  7. ^ "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-03-16.  
  8. ^ " Reviews". Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  9. ^ "New York Times: Movies". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  10. ^ "Metacritic listing of Uwe Boll films". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  
  11. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes listing of the worst movies ever". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  
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