Amazing fact No. 1 - This film got made. Amazing fact No. 2 - It was deemed successful enough to spawn 2 sequels.
I have long heard of Uwe Boll as a director famous for making truly bad films. People have often compared him to Ed Wood. Being a lover of films so bad that they are funny I have long wanted to sample one of his wares in the hope of finding a new entertainment. I really wish I hadn't bothered. This film is so bad that it's not funny, it's painful.
Sloppily directed, with an exceedingly derivative script and actors so wooden they make the average thunderbirds puppet look like Olivier. I really cannot find the words with which to denigrate this film. I was actually surprised at the quality of the acting, as there are some decent names here, not least Ben Kingsley. He treats it as the ultimate paycheque role, managing to read through his lines with as little involvement in the character as possible. To be fair, most of the actors look somewhat embarrassed to be there, not least Michael Madsen.