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Warcraft: the Beginning

Warcraft: the Beginning

Duncan Jones (2016)

118min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Duncan Jones's long-gestating adaptation of popular video game World of Warcraft centres on a war between the mythical land of Azeroth and an invading army of Orcs. Using computer effects to conjure an astounding visual experience, Jones clearly understands his source material, creating something that feels legitimately torn from the world of the game. However, an enormous number of characters and information means the film becomes a dense affair, which can be a trying experience for newcomers and experts alike. Crucially, it results in a sizeable cast having a limited time to develop their roles, which undermines audience investment during the climactic battle scenes. The actors struggle on against the tide of exposition, with Ben Foster's wizard and Toby Kebbell as conflicted Orc warrior Durotan standing out in a cast of largely muted performances. Another hour may have made this potential franchise-starter a more interesting prospect, but in this form it is a disappointment.

Summary

Conflict erupts between the defenders of a kingdom and an invading horde that has travelled from a dying world. Fantasy adventure based on the best-selling computer game, starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton and Ben Foster.

Cast & Crew

Sir Anduin Lothar Travis Fimmel
Garona Halforcen Paula Patton
Durotan Toby Kebbell
Medivh Ben Foster
King Llane Wrynn Dominic Cooper
Khadgar Ben Schnetzer
Orgrim Doomhammer Robert Kazinsky
Gul'dan Daniel Wu
Lady Taria Wrynn Ruth Negga
Blackhand Clancy Brown
Moroes Callum Keith Rennie
Director Duncan Jones
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 30 May 2016

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