The director of Suicide Squad has reteamed with Will Smith for Bright, Netflix’s first big budget blockbuster – and it looks as cheesy as their DC villain flick flop.
Writer/Director David Ayer has conceived a “Training Day meets Lord of the Rings” real world cop drama crossed with sci-fi fantasy, exploring themes of bigotry and institutionalized racism. By appearances of this first trailer, Bright seems to be trying way too hard to be cool, relevant, and whatever else it’s hoping to be.
Starring Smith and Joel Edgerton (who plays an Orc cop), with Noomi Rapace in the role of an elf, the official synopsis describes the concept as follows:
- Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
Wow, that sounds like an absolute mess.
It reminds me of Smith’s failed high concept movie Hancock about a anti-superhero, at least in terms of being a bizarre miscalculation.
We’ll know for sure when Bright, co-starring Edgar Ramirez, debuts exclusively on Netflix on December 22, 2017.
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