There is a certain level of production value evident in some great looking shots and a melodic score by Jessica de Rooij that is a bit underused. Most will probably feel cheated in the lack of action and the fact that Dolph’s character never truly embraces the craziness around him. He’s chosen to play his character as a put on, incinuating that he’s in on the joke. Personally I feel the movie is better because of it. The story of a modern day warrior transported to medieval times is quickly paced and clearly draws out it’s plot, then proceeds to go about it’s business with charm and a wink to the audience. It’s reminiscent of something that would have played in the era of USA Up All Night with Gilbert Godfrey.
Story wise there is definitely a Wizard of Oz meets Beastmaster 2 vibe going on here, and I mean that as a compliment. The basic story structure most closely resembles A Knight in King Arthurs Court. The cast in these sword and sandals flicks is always important. An actor who is a bit too modern is just as deadly as one that overplays his or her role. Are you listening Matthew Lillard? Locklyn Munro is a lot of fun (hiding behind some laughable facial hair) and a welcome sight after having fallen out of public view in recent years. Some of the other roles, while not as well known as the stars from part one, do their best and come off to varying degrees of effectiveness.
In the Name of the King II: Two Worlds is a suprisingly good time and I’m encouraged at the results that the collaboration between Dolph and Uwe has produced. Uwe Boll is one of our most underrated genre directors, if you scoff, check out Far Cry, Tunnel Rats or Rampage. Get off the Boll-hater bandwagon and give King 2 a spin, you could do worse. Trust me.
Director: Uwe Boll
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Natassia Malthe, Lochlyn Munro