Release year: 2016
Director: Duncan Jones
Screenwriter: Charles Leavitt, Duncan Jones
Starring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Clancy Brown, Robert Kazinsky
When an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, the humans inhabiting the planet summon the Guardian of Tirisfal (Ben Foster) to help them fight the evil threatening their existence.
Based on the insanely popular video game by the same name, Duncan Jones’s (Source Code, 2011) fantasy film is a visual smorgasbord of great CGI supporting a solid adaptation of a game with little evident story. Rather than just making the movie one big battle, as the name and the game could have made you fear, Jones has created a mythological world out of the origin, with well fleshed-out characters that engage you in the story. The story isn’t Shakespeare, but it is entertaining and both Fimmel (The Bayton Outlaws, 2012), Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 2011) and Schnetzer (Pride, 2014) on one side and Kebbell (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 2010), Kazinsky (Pacific Rim, 2013) and Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994) on the other side delivers enough talent to shine through the spectacle. At the fighting top of each side is the manifestation of evil, Gul’dan, played with impact by Wu (Tomb Raider, 2018), and a brilliant Foster (The Mechanic, 2011) as Medivh while Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011) plays his King with dignity. An entertaining spectacle, lets hope the saga continues with a sequel!
Like its fellow fantasy movie Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and its sequels created the Elvish language for the movies, an Orcish dialect was created specifically for the movie.
Picture copyrights: UIP