Release Date: 22 September 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster
Transforming Blizzard Entertainment’s massively popular MMORPG into a movie was always going to be a challenge, and director Duncan Jones (Moon) has done a solid job with a tough gig, setting the action in a recognisable fantasy realm to give non-gamers an entry point. Despite all the lore craft, the story is a simple tale of light versus darkness. Warrior orcs enter the human realm through a magic portal, intent on claiming it as their new home. Unless a peace can be struck with a rebellious orc chieftain, the world will be overrun by the horde waiting on the other side of the gate. The world of Warcraft is brought to vivid life through cutting edge CGI and motion-capture; Jones has lavished incredible detail on the orcs’ appearance and culture, and the film is at its best whenever these brutish warriors are on the screen.