This is a Netflix created and produced movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. I read all the bad reviews about the movie from the news stories, they even went so far as to say it was the worst film of 2017. How did they come to this conclusion – money. It didn’t make a lot of money from people wanting to see it before it came out and from other factors I know nothing about. These stories said it was Will’s worst movie to date even. Thing was, none of these reporters thought to ask what people thought – real people like you and me.
On Facebook, not long after the show aired in December 2017, lots of people were posting about how good it was. They liked the revamping of the Orc story as well as the great way Elves were portrayed. With the good and the bad reviews in mind, I decided to watch the show myself – I’ve always hated to be told what to do.
Will Smith is Officer Daryl Ward, a father and a husband. He’s also just recovered from being shot by a gang member because his partner didn’t have his back. It’s something he’s still having issues with.
Joel Edgerton is Officer Nick Jakoby, an unblooded Orc, and the partner whose mistake got Officer Ward shot.
This movie addresses racism in a roundabout way as well as being pretty tongue-in-cheek about a lot of other issues our society is dealing with now.
The story is about the partners coming upon the scene of a horrendous attack, finding a girl mounted on a wall, still alive and *gasp* a magic wand.
In this world, a magic wand is a weapon of mass destruction – only a Bright, a mage, can handle it, and they are considered criminals who are usually terminated on the spot. If anyone besides a Bright handles the wand, it goes off like a massive energy wave killing anyone in its path – vaporizes them.
Anyway, Will reports the finding of the wand and then, he and his partner find themselves running from the law, from gang members, from demented Elves and from this world’s version of the FBI, all with the injured girl who is an Elf and a Bright.
I think people should see this movie if only so they can thumb their noses at the critics. In my humble opinion this was not one of Will Smith’s worst movies, it’s not one of his best either but hey, it’s paying his bills. 🙂 I enjoyed the movie itself though some parts were just plain silly – the rest made up for it.
See you on the flipside my friends and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!