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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 ›
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.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surprisingly engaging! Other reviews call this a B level film. While it's definitely low budget I'd rate it an A-. Wonderful character development. No swordplay or pyrotechnics.Published 1 month ago by dansedufeu
This is far superior to P.J. troll-stick-lover's work, which seems to involve mostly a lot of jumping about.Published 2 months ago by Ken
Yeah, it's a low budget fantasy, but I have to give it up for this film. It's got an original story, interesting characters and doesn't rely on the same old LotR fantasy borrows... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher Gill
Five minutes in and the corn was so deep I was waiting for them to brew whiskey!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story cut off in the middle of the movie. The movie on this DVD only went through part of the then cut off as if there should have been a part 2. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.G. Braddick