I was excited about this movie, to say the least. I really liked the idea and the trailers really hooked me into what would be happening in the movie. Then I started listening to the movie soundtrack, which is great on its own. I really wanted to like this movie and I did like some of it.
The first third of the movie is the weakest part. This is due to some weird editing choices and music selection. Some scenes just don't cut together in tone and pacing. This followed up with the weird music choice throws the movie off balance. Other than that, the rest of the movie is fine. It plays out like a lower budget movie with some cool magic spice added in.
All of the gunfire scenes are nothing special. They feel low stakes and inconsequential with no real weight to them. The scenes with physical combat are not much better due to close-ups of people's faces obfuscating the action. The only scenes that are visually stimulating are ones that include magic.
Character and plot-wise, the movie did a serviceable job. I came to really like Nick the Orc played by Joel Edgerton. It almost feels like that character was designed to be the most relatable to an audience member. And though Nick was a standout, the movie overall made me care about the characters in some capacity. It was enough care for the ending to work well enough that I was satisfied by the end.
There were some story points that didn't really make sense to me. Like why it was important for Nick to let that one Orc go since it doesn't really change how the movie progressed in any way. But I would say it was a net positive experience.
It helps that you don't have to pay an admission fee to see the movie because that would make it a hard to recommend. I would say if you have Netflix, give it a shot. There are some scenes, that are very spoiler heavy, that are cool standout moments that could be worth watching the movie alone for. I do have a problem with the trailers showing so much of the ending and almost all the action. Why did you have to do that Netflix?
7/10 So did Ward's wife leave the city and just come back?