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Bright - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Dec 28, 2017 - 4:37:57 PM

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A strong urban fantasy that mixes genres but grounds the fantasy elements a little too much in hopes of telling a compelling urban allegory.


In an alternate present-day where humans have coexisted with mythical sentient beings since the beginning of time, a human and orc police officers are thrown into a magical line of fire when they find themselves on an escort mission with an elf in possession of a thought-to-be-forgotten relic. As they battle their personal differences and societal expectations they must keep this dangerous weapon out of the the wrong hands or risk the destruction of everything they hold dear by an millennia old malevolent entity.

Daryl Ward is a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department forced to work with a diversity hire as he deals with the hostility of the community he has sworn to protect & serve. Nick Jakoby is the first Orc cop in the LAPD who must withstand the blatant racism within his own community for not being blooded and choosing to work in law enforcement with humans. Tikka is a young elf in possession of magic wand who is on the run from a dark elf looking to get control of it in the hopes of releasing an ancient evil onto the modern world. Leilah is the owner of the magic wand that has gone missing and wishes to retrieve it for a forbidden ritual before Kandomrere of the FBI’s magic division can find it and lock it away.

Bright is an interesting mishmash of genres which can be described as urban fantasy with crime drama elements. I enjoyed the story that was being told and the way they chose to tell it, but I must admit that certain parts relied too heavily on grounding the fantastic instead of making the normal magical. Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez give performances that make you want to learn more about their characters and the world their characters inhabit. David Ayer is able to do the same type of gritty directing that made End of Watch and Street Kings feel so real but could have added a few more flourishes to make the world more enchanting in its realism. Max Landis gives us a story that quickly captivates its audience as it takes those willing to follow on a journey filled with high flying lore brought down to street level thuggery. I found this mixing of genre’s reminiscent of the Shadowrun series of books and roleplaying games as well as movies like Cast A Deadly Spell, Alien Nation and Harry Potter & The Death Hallows Part 1. I rate this motion picture a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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