Saturday, December 23, 2017

Film Review: Bright by Roberta Downing

Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: December 22, 2016
Directed by David Ayer
Produced by Netflix
Written by Max Landis
Starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomie Rapace, Jay Hernandez, Lucy Fry
Plot: In this fantasy world where magical creatures live among humans, the first Orc police officer (Joel Edgerton) is partnered with a human (Will Smith) and despite the human and Orcish racial tension, together they must find a way to work together to stop a sect of Elves that will stop at nothing to raise the Dark Lord who created much chaos and devastation to the planet more than 2,000 years ago.
Review: I had long been waiting the debut of this movie and from previous reviews that were done prior to its release, had thought that this movie (due to the low funds available for it) would end up being something very similar to Independence Day but, I was wrong (but in a good way.) The reviews that were issued prior to the release of this film, I honestly believe, were not viewing this movie with an open mind and honestly underestimated it.
The movie is set in a world where Elves, Humans, Orc and other magical and mythical creatures sort of co-exist. Of course the Elves are wealthy and high class rulers of the world and the Orc are the reviled evil beings who chose the wrong side of the war.
A non-blooded Orc police officer is placed with a human partner and they are part of a prophesy and must stop the evil Elvish sect called the Inferni from raising the Dark Lord who is determined to change the world to his malevolent views.
This movie is action packed. The police duo must fight against the Inferni, human gang members and corrupt police officers in order to protect a reformed Inferni Elf that is a Bright (someone who possesses the ability to wield magic) and has a magical wand that is coveted by everyone. The car chase scene is most impressive that included something I have yet to see in any other movie.
The FX effects are very well done and the special effect of the use of the magical wand is remarkable. I was rather captivated by the makeup that captured the visage of the Elves and Orcs.
I rate this a 4 out of 5. -Roberta Downing

This review can also be read at The Critic Corner Ezine. -DW

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