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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

… Elves & Reptile People.

"Netflix has unveiled the first full-length trailer for the upcoming feature film Bright. Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) and scripted by Max Landis (American Ultra), the film blends the realms of fantasy and cop drama and takes place in a world where humans live and work alongside orcs and elves. Will Smith plays a human cop forced to team up with an orc (Joel Edgerton), the first of his kind to join the force.

The first half of this trailer plays like the most obvious metaphor about race ever as Smith's character talks about how there are different races (orcs, humans, faeries, etc.) but that doesn't make anyone better than anyone else. He's also saddled with a "diversity hire", his orc partner. But then the trailer throws that stuff out the window so everyone can indulge in a macguffin relating to a magic wand leading to stellar dialogue like "It's like a nuclear weapon that grants wishes." Just really, top-notch stuff. Definitely worth the exorbitant price Netflix paid to see if people would stay home to watch a new blockbuster…"
Main page and trailer here



Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 5:13 a.m. PST

Hmmm…."Alien nation"……

Earl of the North25 Jul 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

Urban Fantasy seems to be a growing genre……which I'd define as the modern world with supernatural creatures and cultures added.

Dentatus Fezian25 Jul 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

Funny but every review I've seen seems to scrupulously avoid mentioning 'Shadowrun'. How can any nerd worth the name NOT have heard of that long-standing, award-winning rpg?

haywire25 Jul 2017 8:25 a.m. PST

I am guessing there is some weird legal reasons for not saying this is a Shadowrun movie.

Dentatus Fezian25 Jul 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Condensing fact from a vapor of nuance, but I agree. The omission is glaring. It could be argued Bright isn't a SR movie directly, but it's not even referenced. Which is odd.

I mean I'm not an RPG-er and I've never played the pen-and-paper game in any edition, but I've been familiar with the general story/theme for decades. Enough so that I purchased both recent PC games on Steam.

Earl of the North25 Jul 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

Well its not as if there is that much of a connection since its following the pretty common Urban Fantasy storyline of other races (in this case elves and orcs) having always existed alongside mankind.

rvandusen25 Jul 2017 2:52 p.m. PST

It sounds like a ripoff of a recent anime called Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri. This was a two season series that featured a special force of the JDSF being sent into a fantasy realm through a dimensional gate. They operate along side various fantasy races as peacekeepers.

Earl of the North26 Jul 2017 6:33 a.m. PST

As already mentioned its probably closest to Alien Nation, replacing the aliens with fantasy races.

45thdiv26 Jul 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

I'll watch it. It might be a fun film.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 10:35 p.m. PST

Me too!.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa16 Dec 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

Just saw the trailer during a showing of The Last Jedi, completely new to me, and I just went that's Shadowrun. The only material difference I can see based on the films Wikipedia page is that the non-humans have been around since the start rather than Shadowrun's approach of people turning into them later, but superficially there seems to be a hell of a lot of similarities in terms of the general feel.

Grimmnar Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2017 11:17 p.m. PST

I still dont get how people think Alien Nation and not Shadowrun when looking at this.
AN Had humans and aliens.
SR had humans, elves, orcs, dwarves, trolls, fairy folk and a few other things.
For me, it was Shadowrun from the beginning.


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