Usually, this kind of thing would be a bad movie review, but, to be surprisingly honest, this wasn’t a bad movie. Sure, it wasn’t a great movie, but when compared to your typical Asylum entries, where everything about the movie is terrible, and not in a good way, this was actually enjoyable.
Why aren’t there more movies like that?
So here’s my look at Orcs!, a rather silly movie from a couple of years ago, which you might want to take a look at if you have a couple of free hours.
Slacker forest ranger Cal gets assigned to teach the ropes to newcomer Hobie, a strictly by-the-books up-and-comer that doesn’t like Cal’s fast and loose ways. They find a decapitated ranger at the bottom of an outhose and discover that the park is being invaded by a tribe of orcs that live inside of the mountain. Cal, Hobie and Cal’s ex-girlfriend Katie must take on the orcish hordes as they fight for not only their own lives, but the existence of their beloved park.
This is a blatantly low budget film that just so happens to capture all of the right elements that help it to achieve greatness. The cast is wonderful and makes the silly story, if not believable then credible and more than tolerable. Adam Johnson’s portrayal of Cal is excellent and Maclain Nelson gets everything about the clueless Hobie just right. And I can’t forget Marge, their hardass boss, played by Barta Heiner, who gives just the right amount of bitchiness and compassion to the pair.
There is a part at the end where the movie does drag a bit, where they are being attacked by orcs and they spend far too much time doing the same things over and over and over again, that could have been shortened or punched up some, but otherwise, I can’t think of a thing in the film that I would change. This is a stupid movie to be sure, but it’s a stupid movie done right. It won’t win any awards for originality, but if you’ve got some time to kill, you’ll enjoy the trip down the rabbit hole and sometimes, that’s all that you need.
They’re unapologetic with what they’re ripping off but it’s combined in such a way that you laugh at it rather than groan. Give it a shot. What do you have to lose?