Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rise of the Fellowship (2013)

Number Rolled: 74
Movie Name/Year: Rise of the Fellowship (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 98 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Ron Newcomb
Writer: Christopher Bunn, Scott Mathias, Ron Newcomb
Actors: Justin Moe, Jayme Bell, Cole Matson, Emma Earnest, Wolf J. Sherrill, Jason Krznarich, Aaron Bowman-Fields, Eric Garner, Doug Henderson, Drew Trementozzi, Melissa Temme, Noah Baron, Robin Dorsey, David Elvove, Alyssa Jacobsen, Ron Newcomb, Cheryl Rhoads, Stephen Rourke, Sarah Anne Sumpolec, Ric Tejera

A group of nerdy friends constantly get the short end of the stick at school, at work and at home. When the opportunity comes up to sign up for a Lord of the Rings Online competition, they decided to go for it; no matter who tries to get in their way.

I had high hopes for this movie because of the nature of its plot. This past Friday, I watched “Unicorn City” and it was one of those geek-hearted movies that blew me away. It was fun and smart and the actors really understood their characters. “Rise of the Fellowship” is the very opposite of what “Unicorn City” was. It wasn’t geek-hearted; it was closer to geek-sploitation.

The characters were completely depth-less and stereotypical. It’s like the script was written by people who’ve only ever been exposed to the gamer scene from the outside. I still might have been able to get into it, but the actors either weren’t interested in their characters or they were just bad in general.

It felt like this movie was trying to be like “Video Game High School” while paying homage to “Lord of the Rings.” I wish I could say it had been successful.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.7/5
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 81%

Trust-the-Dice Score1.5/5

The Random Rating: PG – mild suggestive humor, mild violence

P.S. There’s a scene after the credits.

Movie Trailer: Disclaimer: This is the single most misleading trailer I’ve ever seen for a movie. If you watch this trailer, keep that in mind.  

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