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The premise of the backstory is something that's pretty rare in fantasy. Long ago, when the good guys were fighting the bad, the evil overlord Izrador actually won the war, becoming ruler of the land. So the setting and atmosphere is fantasy dystopian. The bad guys govern the land, and magic and elves are outlawed, the only magic users allowed are legate priests. So the plot centers around one the legates, Mag, who has been sent to the town of Blackwier, to investigate the disappearance of a legate, becoming tangled in a deep mystery.
I've read some reviews on this movie, and most people don't like it; most called it a Lord of the Rings coppy-off or wannabe. Yes, it's fantasy, and it has elves and orcs and such, but the story line is completely different and mostly original. Some might say it's a cautionary tale, on what would had happened if the big bad guy like Sauron or Voldemort had won the great battle. Some other people might become bored watching it as well, for it focuses more on plot than action. It's comprised of all unknowns, you won't see any reconizable actor in it. I think that adds a bonus though, as the world will feel more believable and won't feel like another movie with "So and So" acting in it.Read more ›
The difference is that this time around, our main protagonist is one of the bad guys. Mag Kiln (Charles Hubbell) is an evil priest of Izrador, a fallen god cast out of heaven for his crimes. (Just keep thinking Sauron and you'll get it.) Mag is sent to a backwater village to finish building Izrador's temple. But the village turns out to be a hub of rebel activity and, possibly worse, even haunted by supernatural beings Mag knows nothing about.
Anyone thinking of renting this flick needs to know certain things going in. First off, it's extremely low-budget. The action scenes are not very well staged and there aren't many of them anyway. Most of the plot is carried forward by dialogue, so if you're expecting a lot of bloody sword fights you'll be disappointed. And the climax—if you can call it that—is a serious letdown. Presumably this is the first in a series of films, which isn't mentioned anywhere on the DVD cover, and so the ending leaves the viewer with more questions than answers.
But for all that, I enjoyed watching Midnight Chronicles. For one thing, it's clearly a real labor of love for Christian T. Petersen, who not only wrote the script but directs the picture as well. The story takes itself seriously, where many films of its kind succumb to campy self-parody, and the cast uniformly keeps a straight face.Read more ›
There is a prophecy which The Shadow fears where a group of diverse characters lead by one man on a quest will overthrow him and rule Middle Earth er uh.. Baldur's Gate, no wait the world of Aryth. The one legate side kick had a sense of humor and was the only worthwhile character in the group. The dialogue was otherwise dull and dry: "He has help me hide what must remain hidden." Or "In the shadow of the shadow he shall dance with the beast..." There is one scene with side kick and Chuzara where we get to see the microphone overhead. The elves use bows (how did they come up with that?) and speak with bad poetic syntax. We never got to see the "little people."
Very little fighting. This appears to be just the first part. A real disappointment of a film. The acting was sad too.
No swear words, sex, or nudity.
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