Reviewed By Carlton Rolle
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a modern day retelling of the classic Sword in a Stone story. The story starts with a magical battle between foes attempting to gain power and influence over the world. King Arthur, his Knights, and the powerful wizard Merlin fight an evil enchantress, Morgana (Sara Malakul Lane) and her son Mordred (Russell Geoffrey Banks). The two villains attempt to retrieve the power from an ancient and powerful sword to rule the world as they see fit.
Merlin wins the battle by locking the villains inside of a boulder and sending it into space, effectively banishing the two people. Before being sent off, Morgana vows to return to the planet to get her revenge and rule. Those left decide that magic is too powerful on Earth and seal it within the already magical sword.
Time fast forwards to modern day Thailand. The main protagonists of the movie are Penn (Eoin O’Brien) and Jenna (Kelly B. Jones), who are American fighters practicing martial arts. After the practice spar, Penn and Jenna talk about Penn’s ancestry and being possibly being related to King Arthur. Penn’s cousin Gunner (Jon Nutt) is a medieval historian and influences the conversation by believing that their family is direct descendants of King Arthur.
Morgana and Mordred return to Earth with an understanding of technology. With magic and technology on their side, the two villains search for the magical sword. The villains encounter a modern healer who is a protector of the magical item and a family friend of Penn. Morgana uses her understanding of chemicals and powers to turn people into strong mind-warped slaves that obey her every command. In the process of finding Penn and the sword, Mordred is “captured”. Once in the custody of Penn and his friends, Mordred has a change of heart. He decides that he wants to get out of his mother’s shadow and do some good by stopping his mother.
Morgana, tired of waiting, decides to find the group and get the sword herself. The final fight scene between both of the groups occurs once the hordes of mind slaves show up. This is where the most action occurs in the movie. Penn discovers that he is the direct descendent of King Arthur and is motivated to fight and quickly defeat Morgana.
While I was able to follow the movie, the overall direction didn’t make much sense to me. There were multiple times in the movie where I thought the acting was awkward or boring. Other times, the backstory and editing was jarring. Mixed with low quality graphics and weird outfit choices, it was difficult to take this movie seriously. I found myself saying, “Are you serious?” at several instances. I felt like this movie was Power Rangers meets IP Man with the stereotypical white washed characters fighting to save Earth. Unless you’re a fan of King Arthur and knights, love indie films (especially from this movie’s producer The Asylum), or enjoy watching characters in odd circumstances in movies, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table ultimately falls flat.
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