BRIGHT – ultra-violent cops story + mini Lord of the Rings

Bright is a fusion of the mean-streets police film Training Day with a miniature Lord of the Rings. It takes place in a world where humans, elves, and orcs all evolved together. The modern era is a weird version of our own. Instead of a Christ 2000 years ago, there was a Dark Lord who was defeated by humans and elves, against orcs and dark elves.

Bright begins as a routine evening police patrol by Will Smith‘s character Daryl and an orc named Nick, played by Joel Edgerton. It soon goes sour when they rescue a Bright, a wielder of magic wands: Tikka, played by Lucy Fry. She is fleeing from dark elf Leilah, played by Noomi Rapace, who wants her wand so she can resurrect the Dark Lord.

Wands grant wishes, or so the modern myth goes. Soon everyone wants it: humans both good and evil, orcs, and the dark elves led by Leilah. Daryl and Nick flee them all, often amidst a running gun fight with and between their chasers.

This is an ultra-violent film and may be a little too much for some. Its combination of the contemporary and the fantastic is intriguing, however, and I found the two hours worth my time. You may too. Click on Bright for showtimes and Netflix information.

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About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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