Warcraft (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG | Action, Fantasy, Adventure
123 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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Warcraft Review


As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war.

Warcraft (2016) is an American epic action adventure fantasy movie that is also known as Warcraft: The Beginning (2016) and is based on the Warcraft novels set in the world of Azeroth and the highly popular Warcraft and World of Warcraft video game series. The film takes place in several locations that are in the video game series and portrays the initial meeting between the orcs and humans. Director and co-screenplay writer Duncan Jones (Moon (2009), Source Code (2011), Whistle (2002)) did justice to this movie as it was an astounding watch in every possible way. Duncan is a hardcore Warcraft fan, and his crew, could not have done a better job executing this film, including the editing team who made everything seamless/flawless. I cannot wait for fans of the game to watch this movie and give their opinions because this film is truly out of this world with all it has to offer. The film was made by Warcraft fans for Warcraft fans, and it is something that I have not seen anything remotely close to before.

Warcraft takes place in the realm of Azeroth where humans reside, but the humans face a deadly threat from the Orc warriors. Orc warriors are looking for a place to colonize because their realm is dead, and they need a new home, so they decide to invade the humans environment. The humans are experiencing chaos/destructions while the Orcs face a deadlier faith which is the possibility of extinction. We have the humans and the Orcs who both will do just about anything to survive but how far will they go? The backstory to each species was beautifully told and helped me to adapt to the characters and care for them. Will the Orcs and humans succeed at trying to co-exist or will all hell break lose? The human’s leader is Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel - Vikings (2013), The Baytown Outlaws (2012), The Experiment (2010)) who is a knight that has sacrificed everything so that he can keep the Kingdom safe. The Orcs leader Durotan ( Toby Kebbell - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), RocknRolla (2008), Wrath of the Titans (2012)) will do anything to save his family and people from the Shadow Council. Durotan and Lothar are both on a collision course that will determine their families, home, and people’s fate.

The magical feeling that I felt while watching this movie was something that I have not felt in a while, well since Avatar 3D (2009) which blew me away and now my favorite movie for visual appeals goes to Warcraft. The visuals were absolutely breathtaking as well as the fantasy aspect of the movie. The CGI effect was spectacular and is not common because they were so detailed with everything including the skin. A little fact is that all of the human characters armors and weapons were real, and the sets were amazing to my eyes. I have said so much about the visual appeals, but as I have mentioned before, the screenplay/script and characters were excellent and could not have been any better. With all said, there will be people who do not like this film but like any other movie, not every movie will be killed/enjoyed by everyone because everyone has different opinions/preference.

About Warcraft 2016

Title: Warcraft
Original Title: World of Warcraft
Year: 2016
Runtime: 123 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Patrick Sabongui, Michael Adamthwaite, Gary A. Hecker, Terry Notary, Clancy Brown, Glenn Close, Daniel Cudmore, Toby Kebbell, Dean Redman, Dan Payne, Callum Keith Rennie, Eugene Lipinski, Elisabeth Rosen, Ryan Robbins, Christina Jastrzembska, Callan Mulvey, Donavon Stinson, Ben Foster, Wesley MacInnes, Christian Sloan, Frank C. Turner, Dominic Cooper, Travis MacDonald, Travis Fimmel, G. Michael Gray, Raj Lal, Anna Galvin, Mackenzie Gray, Ruth Negga, Trevor Mack
Writers: Charles Leavitt, Duncan Jones
Director: Duncan Jones