(2016) (Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy/Action: Humans must contend with humanoid beings invading their world, all while one of the latter questions his ruler's leadership.
- In the world known as Draenor there exists a species known as orcs, muscular, green-skinned humanoids sporting large tusks from their lower jaws. Due to the magic used by their leader, Gul'dan (DANIEL WU), Draenor is dying, and thus he wants to invade and take over another planet known as Azeroth. Gul'dan uses magic known as the Fel -- which strips the souls from those his forces have captured -- to open a portal between the worlds and has sent small groups of orcs to capture more prisoners in order to keep the portal open long enough so that all orcs can make it through.
Participating in the latest incursion is Durotan (TOBY KEBBELL), the chieftain of the Frostwolf clan, his pregnant wife Draka (ANNA GALVIN ), and his friend Orgrim Doomhammer (ROBERT KAZINSKY). Anticipating the attack is a group of human soldiers led by Anduin Lothar (TRAVIS FIMMEL). That military ruler heard of raids on human villages by the orcs as well as news from a disgraced young mage named Khadgar (BEN SCHNETZER) that the orcs were using the Fel. Accordingly, they visit the land's sorcerer guardian, Medivh (BEN FOSTER), for more information, and then set out to deal with the intruders.
During an ambush by the orcs, Medivh's magic from afar kills most of the intruders, although Durotan manages to escape. Captured, however, is Garona (PAULA PATTON), a half-human, half-orc who was previously Gul'dan's slave. She agrees to help the humans, and arranges a meeting between the King of Stormwind, Llane Wrynn (DOMINIC COOPER), and Durotan who's realized that Gul'dan's use of the Fel is what's killing their world, and an alliance with the humans is necessary to defeat the orc leader.
From that point on, both sides race to stop Gul'dan and his right-hand orc, Blackhand (CLANCY BROWN), from fully opening the portal, all while they come to realize that someone on the Azeroth side is conspiring with him to enable the invasion.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the video game on which it's based, they might, while fans of "Lord of the Rings" types of movies might also show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For extended sequences of intense fantasy violence.
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