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Midnight Chronicles

2.5 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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In the world of the Midnight Chronicles, the dark god, Izrador, has ruled for 100 years. Enslaved under his evil rule, his kingdom is oppressed and fearful. The turmoil intensifies when a legateresponsible for a temple in the community of Blackweirhas gone missing. Mag Kiln, a fellow dark priest, is sent to investigate the disappearance. But when Mag becomes entangled in an old mystery, he begins to uncover not only the forbidden legacy of the town, but also the prophetic force that grows within him.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Echo Bridge
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z0QYWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After seeing a trailer on youtube, I instantly bought this. Being an avid fantasy genre fan, I thought this was right up my alley. "Midnight Chronicles" is an independent fantasy film based on Fantasy Flight Game's rpg game named "Midnight". It was originally planned to be a pilot for a tv show, however, it was never picked up by a network (though I think Syfy Channel would have been the perfect place for it). So Fantasy Flight released it as one movie, after about 4 years after it was made, on dvd.

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.
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I'm not a gamer but, I've read fantasy and science fiction since around 1968. I'm still a fan of the genres. This type of plot and scenario is apparently difficult to put into a movie since there are so few that do an even decent job of laying out this type of story on film. This movie had mostly very good props and the camera work was good. The acting was, while not excellent, still quite good. The story line was entertaining. While it's not in the same league as "Lord of the Rings", or "Harry Potter" it was still very enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend it to a non fan of fantasy and science fiction but, I would recommend it to a fan. Not a movie I would collect but, I enjoyed my one viewing.
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If you don't know about Midnight tabletop D&D setting, and you don't like lower budget fantasy films, you will almost certainly not like it.

That said, I loved it(which is why I rated it 5 stars), as a fan of the Midnight setting(as it reminds me of a world were Sauron won) I found it extremely cool and entertaining. The acting is sub par, and predictably cheesy, mostly reminding me of hercules or xena shows with better graphics and props, though I thought Charles Hubbell did a really good job of portraying a Legate even though he didn't have his magic hunting companion. Dawn Brodey I think was the next best one at times, sometimes she came off as unsure of how she is supposed to act, and other times she played the Legate in training well.

Graphics were not as bad as I had expected, but weren't awesome. They seemed to avoid doing much magic or showing many cgi creatures, I would assume to a low budget, so that the ones they did put in were decent.

I liked the props and clothing, they looked really good, and the atmosphere was good for the setting. Elves and orcs were well done and I found the music to be decent and appropriate.

In conclusion, If your a fan of the rpg, you will like it, if you just like cheesy fantasy movies, it would probably be a 3-4 star cheesy film, if you are neither, I would imagine it to come across as a 1-3 star film.
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What if Sauron had won in Lord of the Rings? That seems to be the central—if unofficial—premise behind Midnight Chronicles, a low-budget fantasy film which is apparently based on a role-playing game of the same name. I don't know anything about the game, but fans of fantasy films and literature will have no problem identifying a familiar genre setting with all the expected features—elves, orcs, evil sorcerers and brave rebels, horrible monsters, etc.

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.
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