27 December 2018 | destroyerwod
Uwe Boll probably try, but he lack budget AND talent.
We are closing 2018 and i finally saw this movie (2014 made) so as you can guess i was not in a hurry to see it. I found it out of a video store sale section and they had this christmas/boxing day sale week so it costed me 2$ canadian. They also buy back any movies for 1$ so at that price i was like "what do i have to loose?" . If it suck, ill return it and it will have cost me 1$.
I saw the first 2 movies and tough the first one was enjoyable, the second one was not too bad but was buried by very crappy practical and cgi effects combine with a cheap feeling.
I can say that this third movie is pretty much the second one in the cheap factor but a bit different. For instance this time the castle actually looks like its made of concrete and not cardboard, so a plus for that, and the cgi dragon look a bit more convincing altough we are far from Game of Thrones level.
But everything else still feel so cheap. The problem is nothing really convince you that you are watching a movie of that era, even if Uwe Boll is probably trying. For instance the "rebel army" is basically what... 30 dudes while the King's Army is under 100. The last movie felt the same way, its not convincing. If you are to have a KING and his army, they got to be at least in the thousands.
Speaking of the King, there is a scene where he is topless at some point and you can spot current days tatoos. This look so out of place and does not help the immersion, especially since there was no need to see him topless at all. You can also spot one of the sister's eyebrows scar wich clearly show she used to sport an eyebrow ring. This is the problem of Uwe Boll. I can understand a lack of budget in many aspect but details like this are just taking you off the movie. Why would an european king of the medieval period (or such) have a chinese symbol on his neck? Cmon now. Kinda like when he cameo in Bloodrayne wich is set in the 1800s and kept his modern day watch. You are the director sir, you should CARE about those things.
The dragon altough a bit more convincing than in the second movie serve no purpose and is basically there to just be there. Movie wouldn't had been much different without it.
As for the rest of the plot, its alright if you can pass the cheap feeling. It kinda look like an episode of Hercules The Legendary Journeys if i can say... exept that show was made in the 90s and was a TV SHOW, so you can excuse the cheapness feel. Characters where also much more entertaining.
Before i wrap up this "review" i got to mention the shaky cam. I know shaky cam can be used to enforce a chaotic feeling in a situation, and i didn't mind it that much watching Rampage, one of the few Boll movies i taugh was decent, but in this movie it just distract the viewer and is either used to hide a lack of talent for filming the battles or simply hiding the low budget. The shaky cam really make you look at the screen blinking saying to yourself "whats going on, can it end already" .
Overall its just a very cheap movie made a director who just lack the talent to make movies. I think this script in better hands with a better budget could had been fairly entertaining. Not a masterpiece but a decent medieval style movie.
But in its current form, its just a throw away "made for TV" movie, or at least it feel like it, the kind of movie you watch on a saturday afternoon when your bored or have a hangover.