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Warcraft: the Beginning

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Duncan Jones
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A kingdom stands on the brink of war when it is invaded by a vast horde of creatures who have travelled through a portal from their dying world. As dark magic works its influence on the world, two leaders from either side are set on a collision course with each other as they strive to protect their people. Fantasy adventure based on the best-selling computer game, starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton and Ben Foster.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sir Anduin LotharTravis Fimmel
Garona HalforcenPaula Patton
DurotanToby Kebbell
MedivhBen Foster (1)
King Llane WrynnDominic Cooper
KhadgarBen Schnetzer
Orgrim DoomhammerRobert Kazinsky
Gul'danDaniel Wu
Lady Taria WrynnRuth Negga
BlackhandClancy Brown
MoroesCallum Keith Rennie

Crew

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DirectorDuncan Jones

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2016-05-30
Language
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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