Da'ud Bob's Movie Review
for
June 2016

At first blush, I was afraid that this third installment in a series of movies was simply going to be a remake of its predecessor. To show you what I mean, here's the synopsis of part two: "An ex-Special Forces soldier gets thrown back to medieval times to fulfill an ancient prophecy and ends up finding redemption for his own battlefield experiences." And here's a synopsis of the third movie in the series: "A modern-day assassin is thrown back to the Middle Ages to bring order back to a kingdom in chaos and finds redemption for his own misdeeds." But upon a closer reading, I can see that these two movies are entirely different. One is about a former Special Forces soldier, while the other is centered around a hit man. Totally different, right? The fact that the vast bulk of each movie is about the middle ages, kingdoms in peril, women with swords, armies in conflict, and fire-breathing dragons doesn't make them the same. Not at all. Oh, yeah, and the modern-day settings in each are in different places. So you can see that my initial fears were totally unfounded, and that these are two entirely different movies. And so it is that this month, Da'ud Bob reviews for you the third, but completely different, movie in this series of films, In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission.

Starring Dominic Purcell (rather than Dolph Lundgren in the last one, so again, totally different!) as Hazen Kaine, Ralitsa Paskaleva as Arabella, Daria Simeonova as Emeline, Petra Gocheva as Sophie, Bashar Rahal as Ulrich, Nikolai Sotirov as Tybalt, Tsvotoluyb Itiev as Alekandar, Marina Dakova as Alys, and Marian Valev as Tervin, we've already covered the basics of the plot in the first paragraph. There's other stuff involved, of course, some of which leaves unanswered questions by the end. For example, who's going to deal with the dragon now flying above modern-day Sofia, Bulgaria? Why did one of the two kidnapped daughters have the magic amulet which matched our erstwhile hero's tattoo and which opened the portal which took him back into the middle ages? There are other loose ends and plot holes, but those are the two biggest questions that came to my mind. Also, why does a professional assassin leave bodies lying about hotel corridors without regard to their being found at any moment by anyone? Three! Three biggest questions. And why is he so cavalier about leaving his fingerprints everywhere while making a hit on someone? Four! Among our biggest questions are ....

Good points: It's only 85 minutes long. The landscapes. (It was filmed in Bulgaria, which is a very pretty country.) The banners at the castle. The better than usual CGI dragon. (Well, technically it's a Continental dragon, what in the British Isles would be called a wyvern. How can you tell the difference? To quote from a poster someone put up on Facebook a little while back: Has four legs plus wings, is a dragon. Has two legs plus wings, is a wyvern. Has two legs, two arms, plus wings and an attitude, is the Batman!)

Bad points: The hero is suddenly an able swordsman, despite never training with a sword. The magical amulet, which also seems to work as a remote control of the dragon. The woods battle. (The action close to the camera was generally okay, but if you watch what's going on in the background, it ain't pretty.)

Zero breasts. Four gallons of blood. 86 dead bodies. Pistol fu. Sword fu. Arrow fu. Ax fu. Dragon fire fu. Fisticuffs. Dagger fu. Drowning fu. Kung fu. Waves roll. Hazen rolls. Fighters roll. Gratuitous kidnapping. Gratuitous magic portals. Gratuitous swearing and cursing. Gratuitous yellow python. (I'm pretty sure these are not native to Bulgaria.) Gratuitous kissy face. An 87 on the Vomit Meter. Two stars. Da'ud Bob says, "I hope the subtitle is accurate, and that this is, indeed, 'the last mission.' Check it out!"



Upcoming movies and miniseries to watch for!

February 25, 2016 in Israel; August 19, 2016 in the U.S. Ben Hur. A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Jack Huston, Nazanin Bodiadi, David Walmsley. Based on the novel by Lew Wallace, a remake of the 1959 classic that starred Charlton Heston in the title role.

http://www.benhurmovie.com/

June 10, 2016 Warcraft. An epic fantasy/adventure based on the popular video game series. The origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance's and the Horde's sides of their conflict. Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Daniel Wu, Toby Kebbel.

http://www.warcraft-themovie.com/

February 17, 2017 Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king. Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Katie McGrath, Eric Bana, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey.

No official website yet.

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