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« on: December 22, 2017, 04:49:18 PM »

So watched this on Netflix tonight. Wasn't quite what I was expecting from the trailer. I was just wondering what other people thought of it if they have seen it yet.
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 09:58:17 PM »

Just finished it. 

Briefly, it belongs on Bad Movies, but if you enjoy Shadowrun type settings you'll probably get a kick out of it and it'll be worth a watch. 

It feels jumbled and like a lot of connective tissue is missing - a bit like Suicide Squad, Ayer's previous film.  But the two lead performances are good, the action scenes are solid, and the bizarre nature of the world and the events that happen meant I was entertained and never bored.
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2017, 02:23:04 PM »

being a huge fan of the garrett files by glen cook,i  was really hoping this movie would be more like those books. so i was disappointed. it didn't help that i'm not a big fan of will smith either.
   i will try it again,though,after i mentally disconnect from wanting it to be like the garrett books.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 11:45:28 AM »

Just watched it the other day. I went in with really low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. It really is very entertaining. Now, it is a silly movie. The plot is mainly there to provide an excuse for a series of action sequences and set pieces, but these are really well executed, so I was never bored.

It may be a silly movie, but it is intelligently done. The plot is what is it is, and no attempt is made to make it deeply significant, or even to flesh it out. This may be seen as a flaw, but it has the advantage that there is no exposition to slow things down. You know that the Dark Lord will return, and that is obviously not a good thing. Exactly how this will be done, where the Dark Lord has been in the meantime, and even who he is precisely, is not explained, which is fine by me. World building is done with great economy (amongst other things by drawing heavily on genre tropes), so that there is enough to get the story going, and nothing to get in the way. For instance a lot of exposition is saved through the use of graffitti in the title sequence. Also the fact that magical creatures are mundane, is brilliantly introduced by having fairies as pests (and specialised exterminating firms to deal with them).

Also, opting for a multispecies universe allows the director to take the theme of racism and run with it. As you are dealing with orcs, elves and humans, there is no need to be balanced or even sensitive. Just about every character in the movie (with the possible exception of the orc Jakoby) is racist to some degree. The theme serves less a metaphor to Say Something Serious, but rather as a motive for the various groups to try and kill each other..

The lead actors do a good job. Will Smith does what he does best, playing an honest cop trying to do the right thing in an increasingly complicated situation, while Joel Edgerton is completely deadpan and Noomi Rapace is suitably threatening.

If you just sit back and enjoy the ride, definitely one to watch.
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