In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds
Dolph Lundgren finds himself in a most otherworldly role. The movie begins hastily showing that Dolph is ex-special forces, and a kid’s karate teacher, and doesn’t trust strange men that fight him- in front of the kids… Meanwhile some magickal knife wielding woman slays her attackers left and right in a forest, that, when the camera finally pans out, turns out to be a city park. When he gets home from his teaching lesson, strange medieval men in black clothes also attack him as he draws a bath, has a drink and has special forces memories. The magick woman winds up in his living room, he punches a dude into her portal (That’s what happens, I promise) and they are transported into the past altogether. Here Dolph is questioned by a condescending king who gives him a room to stay, that comes with an assassin prostitute. In the past no one can shut up about “the prophecy” and it gets to Dolph before it even annoys the viewer. The king explains that the “dark ones” live in the mountains, and follow the message of some goddess that has been using some kind of psychic messaging with Dolph. The king informs him he is the chosen one, and has been picked to kill the “Queen Mother”. Dolph openly accepts- “ Tell me where to find this bitch!”. The magician priestess woman who is picked to accompany Dolph has to sleep with him of her own confusing motivations… Dolph comes across a witch woman who starts stream of consciousness announcing the perils that lie ahead on their journey. From the start their team is attacked by the men in black. Dolph nearly escapes being stabbed because his assassin is hesitant to kill him, so once he gets the upper hand Dolph interrogates him. However the primary jerk of the team stabs the man before he can speak on such matters. He grows suspicious as to the motivation of his “teammates”, and as he does, the jerk makes good with him; even listening to Dolph’s theories about there being more to all this then they originally thought (in light of the queen actually wanting him alive).
When they are almost surrounded that man sacrifices himself while Dolph and the magician flee “to complete the prophecy”. The magician woman repeatedly references “Sons of Horus”, and gives Dolph a talisman for safety. Dolph narrarates his own special forces strategies, as he sneaks in alone behind enemy lines and takes people out one at a time, and heads toward the Queen Mother’s abode. When he enters after being untouched by the guards, he is knocked to the ground and the old woman explains she tried to safely abduct him from modern time before he could be killed by the assassins in her home…but she messed it up. She explains the king really released a virus after his mastery of alchemy, a biological weapon that wiped out all but the “dark ones” in the mountains… She says Dolph is the true King safely hidden in another time. Also her trusted bodyguard is a traitor for his own motivations. Dolph kills him. Well, that’s over with before I understood it. “They butchered his family before his eyes, we must not cast stones”. Well that’s comforting. She explains that Raven will release a great “snake” across our world in modern times in the form of the disease. The King is informed that the real King has been getting history lessons from his should-have-been victim and he downs some potion. Dolph and the woman have a heart to heart, that is quite layered and deep. They speak of fate vs. free will and the uncertainty in remote viewing the future, as a sign of hope and possibility and not doubt and fear. This is in reference to the disease caused apocalypse she sees in Dolph’s time. Dolph and his new alliance move toward the Black Forest where he is warned of every imaginable danger and that he must travel alone, and get this, no further clues besides, the prophecy is just supposed to kind of click into place based on native beliefs. Dolph decrees that some warrior woman is now Queen before setting out into the Black Forest. The king also sends his men into the cryptic forest. Dolph runs into a giant dragon unexpectedly and without the aid of his friend, may have died, half from shock. He tries to keep track of the plot aloud and the girl is as confused as he is… The “Defenders of the Realm” distract the dragon while Dolph and his girl make another escape…into the king’s clutches where he detains them. Of course they break free and the woman informs the other soldiers of the true nature of their king as Dolph puts him down for the count. Then the dragon returns and they take refuge in a near-by castle. “The dragon is the catalyst” announces the Queen in some sudden revelation, as the dragon destroys the castle for her army. Her black clothed army strike hard at the burning structures leaving little life behind. The fleeing king draws up a portal from his wrist device and he and Dolph leap through into Dolph’s modern living room. They have a fight with his personal collection of kitchen knives, “ History is full of losers like you”, cyanide in the mouth, pours himself another shot. “Perhaps in my dreams tonight, perhaps in another time.” –The End
In Dolph Lungdren movie reviews I refuse to call him his character’s names, because almost all the time, Dolph sounds cooler.
Microsoft Word spellcheck kept insisting that Dolph was Delphi or Adolf, both names which sync with the film in strange ways.
Dolph plays another eternal warrior in Ultimate Soldier where much like Tony Todd his character’s experience in Vietnam relates to a small specialized team who has their brains altered to be killing machines. The idea of the Eternal Soldier is something that Patton explored, often mid campaign and to his soldier’s complete bewilderment, randomly channeling older warriors when intuitively being drawn to certain ancient battle sites.
The dragon fear and worship, regarding bloodlines or not, reminds me of Skyrim and countless other fictions evolving out of a Dungeons and Dragons mentality. It seems also that if it wasn’t a popular TSR RPG…it would be a mind control victim bestseller book title. It seems even our simulated worlds and modern myths contain our oldest symbols and innate fears.