DVD REVIEW: Rise of the Shadow Warrior

73  A ruthless elven bounty huntress shoots down the dragon ridden by the fugitive orc shaman, Fangtor Bloodmoon. When Fangtor refuses to surrender quietly, the huntress must battle for her own life against the dangerous villain, and comes away with more than just his head.

Originally considered as a web-series, the makers here got enough money (also from its fans) to make this movie. To be clear, this film is surprisingly good. A lot of love went into making this, even if a lot of money didn’t – and what they spent was well spent. Rise of the Shadow Warrior is a pop-corn movie; it doesn’t try to be anything else, and delivers what it says on the label, with some panache to spare! Ultimately, there’s little originality in its story: a mash-up of every sword & sorcery media you can think of from Tolkien to Conan to WarCraft even, and more recently Game of Thrones. A High Elven bounty hunter, a human cleric/paladin and an Orc war chief team up to defeat the malevolent Order of the Shadow, whose disciples plan to summon and materialise their demon master, the death god Goth Azul.

Okay, so it’s not a glossy Hollywood production, but that is genuinely to its credit and part of its charm. But, it doesn’t skimp on the quality of make-up, (limited) visual effects, action or sets, so in the main, it doesn’t come across as cheap or shoddy. And the fight sequences, particularly with Danielle Chuchran, being quite physical as she is, are pretty well choreographed – especially the final showdown! She does steal the show somewhat, as in truth, the male leads are all a bit weak, but that is not a bad thing at all. If you are at a loss for something to watch, and can’t face the usual cannon-fodder on the SyFy channel, this little gem is worth a punt!

GS Rating: 3/5

Source: Signature Entertainment
Reporter: SilverFox

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