In the Name of the King 3 is a fitting conclusion to what I hope is the final installment of the series: this is a monotonous, boring and lifeless movie that’s anything but entertaining.
If a couple of years ago, you would have told me that In the Name of the King was going to have not one, but two sequels, I would have laughed in your face. Now that I’ve watched all three of the Uwe Boll fiascos, I’m invaded by several feelings, but none of them produce laughter. As you’d expect from a low-budget film based on video games, there’s nothing exceptional about In the Name of the King 3 and at this point in the franchise, this series is so jaded that I hope no one green-lights a fourth one. In the Name of the King 3 is a fitting conclusion to what I hope is the final installment of the series: this is a flat, boring and insipid movie that’s everything but entertaining.
Like its predecessor, In the Name of the King 3 is set in present day in Sofia, Bulgaria and this time around, we get to meet a foul-mouthed hitman during one of his assignments. So the protagonist, called Hazen, kidnaps two girls and when he interrogates them, he’s intrigued by a medallion one of the girls is wearing, so he takes it. This turns out to be a talisman with magical properties that transports our anti-hero to a fantastical land. He finds himself in a small village and he’s attacked by a fire-breathing dragon. Hazen pulls out his gun and attacks the creature. Right after the fight, people notice that he has a tattoo that only the previous king had and soon enough, Hazen is helping the villagers recover their lost kingdom. The idea of starting a film based on Dungeon Siege in the present world might have been novel for Two Worlds, but it’s too predictable now that the twist is used once again.
If you’ve watched any of the previous In the Name of the King movies, well, you’ve already seen this one, since it follows the same formula. Some of the actors are different, but the story’s the same. This is a by-the-numbers sequel that has absolutely nothing new to offer. We meet a parade of uninteresting characters that deliver a slew of boring lines, we see laughable special effects and then a disappointing and anti-climactic fight closes this woefully uneven experience.
In the Name of the King 3 uses the same tired and overused formula of its predecessors. As a result, I don’t see anyone excited about this third entry in the series. If you desperately want to see a fantasy adventure film, you have several better options that any of the In the Name of the King movies.