Tuesday, 27 December 2011

DVD review: Orcs! (2011)

When marauding orcs invade a US National Park, our collective fates lie in the hands of Ranger Cal Robertson (Adam Johnson) and his side-kick, Volunteer Cadet Hobie (Maclain Nelson), who must stop the wave of destruction before the whole world is overrun. Orcs! is directed by Andrew Black and James MacPherson. It´s  a parody of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy,  here a army of orcs have been released from their mountain prison and are now on a rampage through a national park.
It´s a mix of fantasy and silly comedy, it goes from comedy to straight action towards the end. The best thing with Orcs! is the acting and characters, it has likeable characters and more than average acting. Adam Johnson is perfect as Cal who is very laid back and doesn´t want to take his job too serious, but Maclain Nelson and is also great in his role as Hobie. All in all the cast has good chemistry. There are some gore in screen but the special fx is mostly cgi (muzzle flashes, the impact of bullets and explosions). The orcs themselves looks like they are directly from the Lord of the Rings set. The pacing is pretty good and it never gets boring. I have no complaints regarding the technical aspects of the film, it was actually pretty good camera work and editing and the sound track is inspired by the Lord of the Rings.
Rating: 4 out of 7.  A fun, silly and cheesy fantasy. Orcs! is actually a enjoyable little film which works remarkably well mainly thanks to it´s characters, their chemistry and the actors performances.


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