WARCRAFT MOVIE - Release date: June 10, 2016 - Director: Duncan Jones

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Warcraft movie & SDCC 2015 recap

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It’s hard to recap event when you were not there so I will just use the meshup of recaps from io9, geektyrant and ComingSoon

  • Durotan says “Our planet is dying, we need food and water.” A group of orcs sit around the fire and talk about how they believe in the orc warlock Gul’dan (Daniel Wu), and will follow his lead.
  • Next Durotan and his wife, Draka, are laying on the ground of their hut. The wife has chosen a name for their child, but the father says “I’ll choose a name when I meet him.” She then reveals it’s a son and he’s very excited.
  • We see the aforementioned Gul’dan on a massive cliff with the Dark Portal from the games behind him. “Dead, alive, dead, alive,” he slowly chants. He reveals that a thousand soldiers need a thousand slaves – prisoners, not corpses – as fuel for the Fel
  • Montage of shots of the Alliance characters walking in on and around Stormwind, before we go back to the orcs, “We are not powerful enough to defeat them” one says to the other. “We could be,” the other responds.
  • King Llane Wrynn says “They’re beasts, they should be destroyed. If we do not unite to fight this enemy, we shall perish.”
  • There’s a shot reminiscent of Braveheart where the Alliance is running from the left side of the frame, it pans right and the orcs are running, and the smash into each other in the middle. That’s followed by a shot of a guy jumping off a cliff and jumping onto a Gryphon.
  • Warcraft definitely looks like it’s CG and green screen. These are not real sets.
  • Think a dirtier, dustier, more muted Avatar.
  • I think many fans are going to complain that it looks to fake but, come on, how else could this get pulled off?

  • The footage basically starts off with clips of the orcs and their lives in a desolate wasteland that is dying. They need to find a new place to live so they can survive.
  • This leads to them making their way through the dark portal into the world of Azeroth thanks to the help of warlock Gul’dan with his death magic.
  • Of course The Alliance discovers them, think the Orc are dangerous, and they go to war!
  • The audience was then treated to a ton of visually stunning battles sequences between these two factions.
  • Seriously, the footage that we saw is unlike anything I have ever seen before. It is the true definition of “epic.”
  • I haven’t been moved by film footage like this since I saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time.
  • Warcraft takes all of that CGI filmmaking to a whole new level. 
  • Basically it starts with a focus on the Horde as it shows a bunch of them walking across the wilderness until they come to an area with a bunch of green orcs
  • We spend some time with the orcs as they realize they need to find food and water to save their world
  • It shows a lot of Durotan and his wife who is pregnant and that seems to be a big part of the story
  • But we see a wizard creating a portal from the souls of prisoners
  • Anyway, the wizard creates the portal and the orcs rush through it and for that whole section we haven’t seen a single human
  • When they get through the portal, they first see the humans on horseback and we get to see King Llane and some of the other characters who say that the Horde are monsters that need to be destroyed
  • There was a lot of footage of all the characters but it kept coming back to Durotan and his wife who has the baby in the human world where he’s in danger
  • Yes, filming has been finished a long time. From the footage it’s obviously very CG heavy especially in the Horde scenes because that’s all CG
  • What’s interesting is that it seems to be focusing more on the Horde characters in terms of the emotional base of the film
  • But maybe it was more impressive to show those characters than the humans
  • We did see a few scenes where the clash as well as characters riding on Gryphons
  • They didn’t show a trailer but full footage, probably; 5-6 minutes and they were using the large side screens so the footage was being extended to either side
  • It looks good but it’s very CG heavy
  • This wasn’t a trailer but they obviously have enough footage to do one. I think this was more to introduce the story being told, the basic characters and the visuals
  • The individual characters looked great but there were huge scenes with thousands of orcs and the scene where Medivh opens the portal was pretty impressive
  • Yeah, the music was great and it definitely seems to be actual score from Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim)
  • No, they did not say when they will release the trailer online or anywhere.
  • We did get a brief glimpse of the elves, very short
  • “what about Paula Patton?” – We only see her very briefly in chains being taken somewhere
  • It seems the characters are really being given a lot of life and dimension 
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