Cast - 70%
Story - 60%
Music Score - 30%
Effects/Quality - 75%
Originality - 30%
Rather overwhelming task of reviewing a movie like this knowing the impact this game has had on the world. Being familiar with the game from the early days however I would not say I am a hardcore WOW player, so when the announcement was made my first reaction was not another movie based on a gaming franchise, also why would any filmmaker want to take on the onerous task of pleasing such a large worldwide fan base.
Alliances must be forged to save humanity and orc-kind alike when the world of the Orcs Draenor is destroyed by the evil fel magic which drains the life-force. This forces the Orcs to leave their world as their lands are slowing dying. A powerful warlock Gul’dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth however this requires many prisoners to fuel the portal. As the prisoners life force is drained the portal becomes strong enough to send a Horde with members of the Orc clans.
The king of Azeroth Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal Medivh to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head Kharazhan to meet Medivh and a shadow points a book to Khadgar and he takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are then attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic.
Without focusing on the gaming origins of the franchise and just a review of the movie, I found it balanced in terms of the story and characters, which is a hard task in itself when you look at movies based on conflict. The movie introduces 2 pivotal characters on opposite sides of this unexpected War and both are grappling with the same inner conflict between their responsibly to their people, blind loyalty to their leaders and uncovering inconvenient truths.
It was interesting to see Vikings star Travis Fimmel in this film however he was underutilized in this role. The storyline felt a bit biblical at times with scenes like an Orc mother sending a baby in a basket down a river which probably telling the fans or more importantly the studio there may be a desperate attempt at a sequel.
I found the story predictable which is fine if it’s just to appease the existing fans. Maybe it’s just me, but the underlying message I got from the movie is that it’s about corruption and climate change which are strong themes even if they clearly weren’t going in that direction and just wanted to set up this movie universe.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: Video Game, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Age Rating: PG-13
Estimated RRP: R100
Release Date: 25 October 2016
- Little Predictable