Just when you think that the likes Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal or Arnold Schwarzeneger are the most wooden action actors you’ve ever seen then comes Dolph. Lundgren is best known as the icy Russian boxer in Rocky IV. He really should stick to films, if he is going to do any at all, in which he does not speak much. Better for everyone involved.
Granger (Dolph Lundgren – The Expendables, Rocky IV) is the owner/instructor at a self-defense school for kids. He used to be a soldier. On a mission a few years ago the rest of his team was killed. Feeling much guilt over this, Granger carries a heavy load on his shoulders.
One night after work he is attacked in his home by a mysterious group of assassins. Eliana (Natalia Guslistaya), a shape shifter, appears to help him. A gate is opened to the past. Granger and Eliana go through it. Once through immediately they’re attacked again and she is killed while whispering something about the prophecy. A hooded woman and a group of soldiers capture Granger and she tells him that the King (Lochlyn Munro – Unforgiven, White Chicks) is waiting for him. The shape shifter appears to Granger and tells him that it is his destiny to be here.
The King tells Granger that the Dark Ones passed through the gate with him. Allard (Aleks Paunovic – from television’s Battlestar Galactica) , the King’s guard, does not like or trust Granger. The hooded woman ends up being the King’s physician, Manhattan (Natassia Malthe – Elektra, Lake Placid). Following a woman called The Holy Mother (Christina Jastrzembska – New Moon, Final Destination 2), the Dark Ones have been waging war against the King and his people. Granger is also told by the King that he is the Chosen One. The Chosen One is to kill The Holy Mother. The King sends the guards and the physician along with Granger on his quest.
Even after having low expectations going into this one I was still angered about the hour and a half of my life that I’m never getting back. The acting was bad, production values were lower than even most straight to video jobs and the story was ludicrous.
I must spend some time talking about director Uwe Boll (In the Name of the King, House of the Dead). Sometimes it is hard to understand why some people are repeatedly given money to make films. Crap film after crap film is produced and yet they still get funded. I think I’m going to go into filmmaking as I too can make crap films.
-Behind the Scenes of In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds
-From Page to Screen: Writing In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds