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The Jason Statham Flop Dominating Amazon Prime Video

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According to Box Office Mojo, In the Name of the King made just $13 million worldwide, which didn’t come close to recouping its $60 million budget. Still, director Uwe Boll remained undeterred. Rather than admit defeat, he went on to make two direct-to-DVD sequels to the film — neither of which were affiliated with the Dungeon Siege video games.

The next two movies also had to make do without Statham’s star power. By the time 2011’s In the Name of the King: Two Worlds was released, Statham had moved on to box office hits like The Expendables and The Transporter franchises. That left Rocky IV protagonist Dolph Lundgren to take on the lead role of a time-traveling soldier in the sequel.

In some ways, you could say that In the Name of the King is a lesson in perseverance. The movie wasn’t appreciated when it was released — and if its Amazon user reviews are anything to go by, it’s not exactly winning over legions of fans now — but it has been rediscovered by curious Statham devotees. And hey, now you too can check out this strange bit of late ’00s filmmaking on Amazon Prime — just be prepared to be left with a long list of unanswered questions, including but not limited to why everyone in the movie’s medieval European country, aside from Statham, speaks with an American accent?

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