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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale | 2008 | PG-13 | - 4.7.1

Medieval fantasy about a man (Jason Statham) who's content to tend his fields with his wife (Claire Forlani) and young son (Colin Ford). However, his idyllic existence ends after an attack by a brutal army of animal-like warriors, and he has to join the battle to save his wife who has been kidnapped and exact revenge for the murder of family members. Also with John Rhys-Davies, Leelee Sobieski, Ron Perlman, Burt Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Brian J. White, Will Sanderson and Matthew Lillard. Directed by Uwe Boll. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A wife sits on her husband's lap as they prepare for bed, they kiss, she lies back in bed and talks about passion, he lies on top of her, they kiss, and the scene ends with an implication that they had sex.
 A woman wearing a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage sits on a man's lap and he caresses her cleavage (they are interrupted). A man caresses a young woman's bare leg while she sits in a bed (she sends the man away).
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in several scenes.
 A man and a younger woman kiss while lying in bed and talking (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A husband and wife kiss, and a husband and wife hug.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - "Krug" are animal-like creatures with large pointed teeth that growl and snarl.
 A man stabs a man (we hear a squish and see blood on the dagger). A man is struck in the chest by an arrow and falls to the ground.
 A man cuts off the head of a Krug with a sword (black ooze and goo pour from the severed head and the neck). A man and a Krug fight: the man is stabbed in the stomach and he stabs the Krug in the head, and the man falls to the floor and has blood on his shirt.
 Many Krug attack a village and we see people being struck down and run through and buildings are set ablaze (we hear crunching and slashing). A Krug holds a man and a woman by the throat, and then it squeezes and breaks their necks (we hear a crack and they fall to the floor motionless).
 Two large armies (Krug vs. the King's army) prepare for battle and move toward each other, while archers shoot arrows which strike many Krug (and a horse), and the two armies charge and fight with swords and hammers; some Krug move under the ground, reach up through the ground, pull their opponents down, and many are slashed (we hear squishing and slashing), a man is stabbed through the abdomen and then beaten, a man is thrown against a tree and beaten, a Krug is struck by a spear and its hand is lopped off (we see the severed limp and on the ground), and a man is struck in the chest by an arrow (he falls to the ground, no blood visible). Fireballs are launched through the air striking many soldiers (we see a man on fire running and thrashing), a Krug lights itself on fire and is launched (it crashes into a tree), and a man on horseback is set on fire and falls to the ground thrashing.
 In a battle sequence many Krug charge toward another army, flaming arrows are shot into the Krug, and large boulders are rolled down a hill and roll over several. We see a forest strewn with dead bodies (human and Krug). We see flashes of a battle scene as a man describes an attack by monstrous warriors.
 A man whose hands are tied and has a rope around his neck lies on the ground, he is lifted into the air, thrashes his feet, pulls a sword from his captor, slashes his throat (black ooze and vapor pour from the wound) and then the rope holding him.
 A man is stabbed through the stomach and falls to the ground, a man is stabbed in the back and then his throat is slashed (we see a small line of blood on his throat) and he falls to the floor dead. A Krug chases a boy through tall grass, the boy stumbles and falls to the ground, the Krug stands over him with a sword and the scene ends (the boy is killed).
 A man hears noises, he goes toward woods to investigate, he is struck hard in the back by a Krug with a stone hammer, other Krug with swords join the fight, and the man gets a sword and slashes many of them (we hear slashing and thuds).
 Swords dance and swirl around a man standing in a room, and one runs through his abdomen and he falls to the floor writhing in pain (no blood is visible). A woman is slammed against a pole and falls to the floor unconscious, and two men fight with swords.
 A few men are wrapped with vines around the throat and we see them hanging motionless.
 Two men fight against many Krug: they use swords and pick axes and kicks, we hear slashing and crunching, a barn is set on fire, the Krug retreat and the two men are uninjured.
 A man turns to particles as he passes through a wall, and then materializes as a human and we see the skeleton and the skin reform.
 Several Krug approach a woman in a bell tower, she kicks them as they try to reach her, and we then see the tower in flames.
 A man collapses to the floor after having been poisoned (he recovers). Two men are grabbed and taken away by guards and a third is struck on the head and knocked unconscious.
 A man flings himself by a rope across a deep canyon and clings to a rock wall on the other side. A man is wrapped tightly by vines and pulled into the air. Three men walk through a thick forest, they hear noises and one talks about the forest not being safe; vines slither toward them, wrap their feet and lift them into the air. Several men are wrapped by vines and lifted into the air and off their horses. Three men drop to the ground from vines that had been holding them in the air.
 A man clings to the underside of a charging horse, he strikes the rider on the legs and the rider eventually falls off the horse. Three men slide across a rope high above rocks and rapid moving water, and two of the men drop into the water and wash along with the current until they can get out (they are OK).
 A man grabs a woman's face and head, he presses his face into her cheek, he grabs her abdomen and she winces. A man tells a woman that he killed her young son and tore out his insides, and she slaps him (he has blood on his lip). A man slaps another man in the face.
 A man uses magic to fight another man: he throws a table and the man tumbles over it, and one man is struck on the head with a sword (blood seeps down his forehead), books swirl around a room and one man, and the man is lifted into the air as if in a tornado. A man and a younger woman kiss while lying in bed and talking, and when they kiss again the veins in the man's face seem to push up from under his skin and the young woman begins to feel weak (he appears to be absorbing her powers).
 The body of a boy is wrapped in cloth and buried. We see several people burying their loved ones who have been killed during a Krug attack. The body of a dead man is placed in a wooden structure and set ablaze during a ritual.
 We see people locked in cages and some have bloody wounds. People are taken prisoner and are forced to work in caves. A man tips over a table, spilling its contents.
 A woman is told that her son was murdered and she cries inconsolably. A man moans and complains that he is dying after having been poisoned.
 A man and a young woman practice sword fighting. A man throws a boomerang toward crows that are gathered on a nearby fence, and the birds are scared away (they are not struck). A man has a scar on his face presumably from battle.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (dirt-lover, pigs, coward, arrogant).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks wine in several scenes and in some appears to be drunk, people drink what is probably wine with dinner, a man drinks wine with a morning meal, and another pours his glass of wine on the floor. A man is given a medicine to drink (an antidote to poison), and he coughs spits.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, family, greed, vengeance, grief, love, death of loved ones, peace, tranquility, honor, truth, dying for love, devotion, power of madness, bloodlines, betrayal, wisdom, evil, prudence, courage, failure, magic, imperial law, royal heirs, hard life of farmers, slavery, earning respect.

MESSAGE - Worthwhile things do not come easy.

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