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Friday, January 11, 2008

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege


Starring: Jason Statham ... Farmer

Leelee Sobieski ... Muriella

John Rhys-Davies ... Merick

Ron Perlman ... Norick

Claire Forlani ... Solana

Kristanna Loken ... Elora

Matthew Lillard ... Duke Fallow

Brian J. White ... Commander Tarish (as Brian White)

Mike Dopud ... General Backler

Will Sanderson ... Bastian

Tania Saulnier ... Tawlyn

Ray Liotta ... Gallian

Burt Reynolds ... King Konreid

Gabrielle Rose ... Delinda



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Plot: A man named Farmer sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife and avenge the death of his son -- two acts committed by the Krugs, a race of animal-warriors who are controlled by the evil Gallian.

Review: BY SARAH GOPAUL, PopJournalism.ca
A star-studded cast, expert stunt coordination, $60 million budget, epic tale of heroism… and it is directed by notorious German filmmaker Uwe Boll.

As most of Boll’s previous films, this one is also based on a video game – Dungeon Siege. When asked why he turns to video games for source material, Boll said “In a video game you have all kinds of genres, you have all kinds of characters, you can cut ideas for production design, for art direction, for costumes, for fighting styles. You can take a lot of stuff out of the video game what you turn into the movie. And I like that: to have something to work with in the beginning.”

The main player, Farmer (Jason Statham), believes a man is what he does, hence the name. He does not care for the world outside his home, which consists simply of a farm, wife, child and surrogate father (Ron Perlman). However, his outlook is forced to change when an evil horde pillages his home, kidnaps his wife and kills his son; Farmer soon realizes to rescue his wife and avenge his son, he must also save the kingdom. Aligning himself with the King (Burt Reynolds) and his powerful mage (John Rhys-Davies), he must fight against the evil horde and defeat its leader, a deliciously wicked, over-the-top Ray Liotta.

While Boll has also been responsible for misses like House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and BloodRayne, the negative feedback has led him to take more time to develop his scripts and stay true to the film’s sources. Consequently, his two recent productions, In the Name of the King and Postal, have received positive reactions from fans and critics alike.

All big picture fantasy films that follow Lord of the Rings are unjustly compared to it, leaving Boll’s fantasy picture to be commendable but definitely different. The story is a classic: circumstances force an ordinary man to become an epic hero; but it also does not take itself too seriously, relaying numerous jokes throughout and taking advantage of the pre-determined character types.

In addition to those already mentioned, the cast also includes Kristanna Loken as a forest guardian, Leelee Sobieski as the mage’s daughter and Matthew Lillard as the king’s drunk but ambitious nephew. Lillard is often underestimated as an actor, but he displays his talent here with a dominating screen presence and scene-stealing performance.

This is a vast improvement for Boll and an entertaining choice for audiences.


 

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Alvin and The Chipmunks - "Here comes trouble. "

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Starring: Jason Lee ... Dave

David Cross ... Ian

Cameron Richardson ... Claire

Justin Long ... Alvin (voice)

Jane Lynch ... Gail

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Simon (voice)

Jesse McCartney ... Theodore (voice)

Synopsis: Three lively singing chipmunk brothers, Alvin - the unchained leader, Simon - the genius, and the tender rotund Theodore are living their lives in the forest storing nuts away for the winter when one day their tree is cut down and carried off into the city to become a Christmas tree. They must find a new home and they end up at Daves house. The only thing that makes them different is that they can talk and even sing. Dave Seville (Jason Lee) is a struggling song writer who has a great idea about making the chipmunks a new show act, singing his songs. The only thing is that you must remember is that they are chipmunks and they act like chipmunks by tearing up Daves house and interrupting his love life. David will adopt the Chipmunks taking care of them as lovely father and manager of their famous rock band. The chipmunks become a big hit and superstars with cute voices and fancy dance moves. The record company executive Ian (David Cross) sees big money in his future and takes over the act and pushes Dave to the side. Dave must try to save his little family before they becomes a show biz disaster.


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Review: I went to Alvin and the Chipmunks on New Year’s Day with my 11 year old son. I expected to be in for a really Cheesy show. The story opened in the forest where A & TC were in a tree having a conversation. It was a fir tree on a tree farm. The tree was chopped down, and A & TC were engaging in some talkative behaviour as to what was happening (akin to the chipmunks in the Warner brothers cartoon). The tree and they were slapped on a truck destined for the city. The tree was set up at an office building. They soon scampered away and ended up breaking into David Seville’s house foraging for food. I have to admit that actor David Lee did a great job of interacting with the CGI munks. It was done really well, and within 15 minutes, I was hooked – hooked on feelings that churned up inside me from the past Christmas’s of my youth, where I would listen to A & TC sing The Hula-Hoop song. It even, I am not ashamed to say… brought a tear to my eye. My son loved the movie and I , well… am a little embarrassed to say.. I liked it too. Even if it was a little cheesy – can’t we all do with a wee bit more cheese in our life? I think so. A great diversion from reality!

The group became star sensations and even started touring! Rock on Alvin! (oh and Theodore and Simon as well!) 2 thumbs up!



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