In the Name of the King 2/Two Worlds(released Dec./11),stars Dolph Lundgren as Grainger,Lochlyn Munro as the King(I recall this busy Canadian actor in Freddy vs Jason and as Drago Musevni in an ep of Andromeda),and many other good supporting players.Director Boll uses Vancouver and its environs for his shooting location(good old Vancouver has been a pretty big hot spot for movie making in recent times).
The plot involves Lundgren who is an ex forces man who runs a karate school for poor children.At home that evening he is attacked by men in black robes,and gets a shot off into one of them.He is rescued and taken back in time by a seer.She is killed and Lundgren is taken to the encampment of the King.The King tells him he is the Chosen One and wants him to slay the evil Holy Mother who apparently led the attack on him in the future.
Off Lundgren sets and along the way he and his party get attacked.At one point one of the hooded individuals has Lundgren at knife point but hesitates,and he gets away.Lundgren is interrogating another,trying to get intel,when one the Kings men stabs the man to death.Something is not right,and Lundgren suspects there is a spy in the group.Lundgren eventually is forced to go the trip solo and does so,walking right into the camp of the Holy Mother,unmolested.He walks into her tent and talks with her.It seems the story he knows,is false.It is the King who has usurped the throne from the previous one,and Lundgren is the ex Kings long lost son,who was put into the future by her,years before.The King now intends to go into the future and poison that world,as he is an accomplished alchemist.And it was her who personally went back to save Lundgren but got shot.She is slowly dying and tells Lundgren he must reclaim his title.
Lundgren leads a party to a dark forest,and in the forest is the Catalyst.The Holy Mother's daughter is there,but even she does not know what the Catalyst is.All anyone knows is that the chosen one must seek and retrieve it.Before he enters the forest,he bestows his crown onto her.In the forest Lundgren soon runs into the Catalyst;a giant Dragon.The Dragon flies about and attacks the Kings fortress and lays waste to it.The King appears,opens a portal and goes back to the future,and Lundgren follows.A fight of course ensues in Lundgrens home,and eventually he is the victor.Lundgren settles back,knowing he has done all he can.
This is a nicely paced film and Lundgren does a fine job as the ex military man out of water,spouting modern colloquialisms to the Medieval crowd.The action is well paced and the CGI dragon is not too bad a creation.If you saw the first movie with Statham,this one has absolutely NOTHING to do with that one whatsoever.This one doesn't have that scope or budget,for that matter.Boll is the only director I think I ever heard complain about having too much money for a film budget,as he did on the first one.I guess he had to put the blame for the disappointing reception and BO take he had on the first somewhere;but on its' budget?.....c'mon.I think there were plenty if indie directors who would have wished that he had created a personal slush fund,to hand out to them.They would have killed to have just 1/60th the budget he did.Oh well.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:78:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras include a featurette,,commentary,the trailer and a writer interview.
All in all a good movie for the franchise.It is NOT a sequel per se from the first,plot wise,only in name.Lundgren does a good job in his role,as does the rest of the supporting cast.Recommended.