Thursday, 16 June 2016

MPOV: Warcraft

Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs, is dying. Gul'dan unites the orc clans into an army called the Horde, and uses a mysterious magic force called the fel to create a portal to the realm of Azeroth. The fel requires draining life to sustain the portal, so the orcs sacrifice captive Draenei to fuel it. Gul'dan leads a small warband to capture prisoners in Azeroth and sacrifice them to bring the whole Horde through. Despite their doubts, Durotan, the chieftain of the Frostwolf clan, his pregnant mate Draka, and his friend Orgrim Doomhammer join this initial warband. While crossing through the portal, Draka goes into labor. When the orcs arrive in Azeroth, Gul'dan assists Draka with her birth, but the baby is stillborn. Gul'dan then uses the life force of a nearby deer to revive and infuse fel magic into the baby.

The orcs raid several settlements throughout Azeroth. Sir Anduin Lothar, the military commander of the kingdom of Stormwind, looks over some of the men that were killed, and catches a trespassing mage named Khadgar, who explains that he was investigating the dead bodies because they contain traces of the fel. Khadgar persuades Stormwind's king, Llane Wrynn, to consult Medivh, the fabled Guardian of Tirisfal, and Llane sends Lothar and Khadgar to Medivh's citadel Karazhan to inform him of the fel's presence in Azeroth. In the Karazhan library, a ghostly shadow leads Khadgar to a mysterious book, which he takes.

Lothar, Khadgar and Medivh join a scouting team following traces of fel magic, but are ambushed by orcs. Medivh uses a spell to kill most of the orcs, and Durotan, Orgrim, and the Horde's warchief Blackhand flee. Khadgar restrains the half-orc Garona, and the soldiers take her prisoner. King Llane frees Garona in exchange for loyalty to Stormwind, and she leads the humans to spy on the orc camp, where they learn of Gul'dan's plan to bring the entire Horde to Azeroth. Meanwhile, Durotan realizes that the fel magic drained the life from Draenor, and if Gul'dan is not stopped Azeroth will suffer the same fate. Despite Orgrim's objections, Durotan invites Llane to a secret meeting so that the Frostwolf Clan and humans can unite to kill Gul'dan. Studying the book he took from Karazhan, Khadgar learns that Gul'dan could not have opened the portal on his own; he had help from someone in Azeroth. He is confronted by Medivh that he should not be so arrogant as to think Medivh needs his help, and effortlessly burns Khadgar's notes with a spell. Khadgar later discusses the truth about the portal with Lothar, as well as Medivh's actions against him.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

I do not play computer games but I do know Warcraft as hubby does play the game. So I was sceptical a little when I saw that a movie has been made but after I have watched the trailer, I was in awe!

Filled laden with CGIs, it may not be as real sometimes but it was good enough to complete the movie as a whole. A lot of effort and creative juices have been pumped into this movie. You can definitely see their blood, sweat and tears... so not sure why the many negative reviews... it's just a fantasy movie.

The plot may be based on the game and not as original but at some points, I was even anticipating it! Kinda predictable but still entertaining nonetheless. For example, when the King agreed to the secret meeting with Durotan, somehow I felt that they will be ambushed. Also when the King died... somehow I knew it would have ended that way. However, the way Blackhand died was too superficial...

After watching the movie, there were questions in my mind...
Garona is Medivh's daughter? 
So Medivh had the fel magic when he was with Garona's mother? 
So Garona is the ONE? Hence she's been destined to unite and bring peace to both worlds in Azeroth and perhaps linked up with Lothar?
Also, who has found Go'el which prompted me to look forward to the next movie!

Overall, it's an entertaining movie which kept me on tithers. Also, it somehow reminded me of King Arthur and Merlin LOL! I am truly surprised seeing Daniel Wu's name in the casts... can you guess which character did he played?

IMDb rating: 7.6/10
My rating: 4/5

Director: Duncan Jones
Casts: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Daniel Wu
Category: PG13 - A 2016 American fantasy film, action
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