Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – In a parallel universe where orcs and Elves live side by side with humans, two mismatched police partners must try and solve a crime that involves a mysterious magical wand.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out 3 years ago yet never got around to seeing what it was all about.
The overall premise is quite an intriguing one but unfortunately it doesn’t manage to work well enough here.
Will Smith seems far too much out of his element here and that takes away far too much from the film.
The fantasy world that they have created here has much potential but since things aren’t developed or explained enough, things come across much too jumbled and it’s even harder to get a coherent understanding of things.
They try really hard to blend together modern crime elements with fantasy ones and instead of getting something unique and otherworldly, we get somewhat of a mess which doesn’t come across well enough.
The special effects are quite good for a made for TV film but if the story itself had been better, the effects would have helped enhance things even more but since things aren’t explained properly, the effects look nice yet fail to add enough to everything going on.
Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that just doesn’t work well enough. Smith seems out of his element in this film despite it being an action fantasy film. The world they create here isn’t developed or explained well enough and that hurts things too much. The story tries to hard to weave together crime and fantasy elements together and in the end it all comes across as a jumbled mess instead of being coherent enough to enjoy. The special effects are done quite well but if things were explained more properly, they might have been able to enhance things more.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Max Landis personally shut down all the false plot spoilers surfacing on the Internet, only giving away that the film would star a human and an orc as partners in a modern fantasy setting. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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