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So bad it hurts,
This review is from: In The Name Of The King  [DVD] (DVD)
I like Jason Statham as an action hero and with a cast that also included Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta I was willing to give In the Name of the King a go. I really wish I hadn't. These guys were so miscast that it bordered on the hilarious.
Can you picture Burt Reynolds as the king. No....neither could Burt Reynolds.... and he doesn't even try. Picture his nephew and heir? Do you see Matthew Lillard! No....me neither. How could anyone possibly take a fantasy epic with Burt Reynolds and Matthew Lillard as the only royalty in evidence as anything other than a joke? Lillard plays himself, and his hamminess is only outdone by Ray Liotta as the evil wizard villain. Liotta is so amazingly bad it's hard to believe he would sign up for this garbage. I also don't quite understand why Ray Liotta was dressed like Liberace. I expected him at any moment to stop controlling the evil beasties and start playing the piano. He certainly had the cheesy banter and flamboyant moves down pat.
Jason Statham's performance wasn't awful, but his character was such a cardboard cliché; the humble farmer with phenomenal fighting skills and a mysterious past. The physical effort Stratham puts into the fight scenes and stunts is astonishing but even he can't save this movie from everything else that's wrong with it.
To sum up - the dialog is awful, the writing is yawn-inducing, add the one-dimensional characters and you've got nothing going for this movie. The person responsible for writing this story seems to have ripped off nearly a dozen different fantasy films without bothering to veil the attempt. This movie was definitely one of the top ten worst films I've ever seen.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2012 11:38:33 BDT
These reviews are so funny it hurts, I no longer regret buying the dvd because I know I wasn't the only one to get ripped off. Thanks
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