While the original In the Name of the King had some quasi-A-list stars such as Jason Statham and Ray Liotta, all Two Worlds has going for it is Dolph Lundgren. He plays Granger, an ex-military type who, to atone for some mission or other in which all his buddies died, now teaches karate to underprivileged Vancouver kids. And then he's thrown back in time to the middle ages, of course! To fulfil some prophecy, no less!
It should be clear from my snarky tone that this is a bad film. Granted, it wasn't as bad as I had feared -- Lundgren has a goofy charm, which he hasn't always had a chance to show in other movies, and it helps keep things moving. And ITNOTK 2 at least isn't over-long. But it's very low budget and has a bizarrely bad script; not the least of its sins is that its concept is a total, soulless rip-off of Army of Darkness.
And don't get me started on character motivation. Natassia Malthe (of the Bloodrayne sequels, another of Uwe Boll's contributions to the Western canon) plays a medieval doctor (!) who inexplicably hates Granger when they first meet, but immediately and even-less-explicably sleeps with him to satisfy her "urges" since they may not be coming back from their quest. (Note to self: stop going to bars, start going on quests.) After a five-second jump-cut to some outside scenery, we're back in the "sleeping hut," where, in another spectacular about-face, she's telling Granger it was all a mistake and "you must not tell anyone about our coupling." (And despite the R-rating there's no nudity, not even so much as an unlaced bodice; nor is the movie particularly gory.)
One of the anticipated highlights of this stinker (so them internets learned me) was that Dolph Lundgren would fight a dragon. Yes, there's a semi-convincing CGI dragon, but Dolph spends most of the screen time he shares with it running away. Which is smart, since the dragon attacks a bunch of guys, and a really cheap-looking castle, for no diegetic reason. It's a pointless draco ex machina that only serves to get the villain to flee, who then opens the portal to the future that he could have opened whenever he wanted anyway, so ... what was the point again?
This is the problem with movies like this: asking questions will just give you a headache. The only question to ask is: "should I spend my time and/or money on this?" The answer is no.
In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds is scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-ray on December 27.