After raising a record breaking $2.6 million on IndieGoGo, the studio Rooster Teeth, creators of the longest-running web series Red vs Blue have brought the world its first feature length film, Lazer Team.
This is a film replete with talent and obvious potential for future endeavors and those involved will at the very least strive for originality. Certain aspects of this film are nothing new – it has its slapstick humor and common archetypes but despite this there is still plenty to appreciate from a creativity standpoint. I need to clarify this movie is absolutely ridiculous but it’s fully aware of that so in most ways it worked well enough that I didn’t hate everything about it. I also can’t deny while I do appreciate the effort here, this just isn’t my cup of tea. The concept is fun but the execution left me wanting something different. The characters are moronic, one dimensional shells of human beings that simply don’t matter. I realize this is a silly comedy not meant to be taken all that serious but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give a damn about any of them.
Technically speaking this is one impressive-as-hell movie and for this I commend them completely. The visuals, from special effects to slow motion capture make this is a great looking film. Even with a small budget and limited resources this possesses great stunt work, consistently strong CGI and again… the slow motion is tremendous. It sort of gives you goosebumps watching a car explode in super slo-mo; there’s a definite satisfaction in it.
Another impressive element to Lazer Team is the production value. From super secret military bases to football stadiums to school campuses this has plenty of locations that bring the film to a more believable level of reality despite the plot of a sort of alien invasion. The locations feel authentic and fragile as they would in real life. This all helps create a feeling of immensity regardless of the small town these characters reside in. They are from nowhere significant but the world’s fate hangs in the balance and it shows through set locations wonderfully.
Lazer Team tells of two has-beens, a dimwit and a mentally inept jock whose paths inevitably cross in the most astounding way possible. As they congregate in the middle of nowhere, a UFO crash lands in their vicinity. Lacking any real sense of caution they approach the wreckage and discover items that when combined create the most amazing battlesuit ever conceived. Of course these idiots aren’t aware of its purpose so they each put on a piece of the suit; one has a helmet, one puts on a pair of snazzy spaceboots, and the other two don a glove that creates a shield and another that acts as a deadly laser cannon.
The suit, meant for the “Champion of Earth”, a man that has been trained since birth to wear the suit in defense of Earth from an impending alien attack has been sidelined because of four slackers who unknowingly stole the spotlight. Now, no matter their desire to participate or not (mostly not) they are now humanity’s only hope from a battle tested alien who will fight the now Champion(s) of Earth to determine our fate.
We’re all doomed…
I enjoyed the concept and the visual storytelling but the lack of decent characters and the humorless comedy make this commendable but not great. I almost forgot the comedy of it all, probably because there wasn’t much of it. A comedy that isn’t all that funny isn’t a good comedy. I think my overall statement here is that it has plenty of hits but a few too many misses as well. It’s a fun watch but don’t expect a laugh riot. It’s an action, comedy, sci-fi adventure that tries and that’s more than a lot of films these days. It gives hope to the future of filmmaking that trying has not yet reached its expiration date.
Rated PG-13 For: sexual material including references, language, action violence, teen partying and smoking
Runtime: 102 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Starring: Alan Ritchson, Gavin Free, Burnie Burns, Alexandria DeBerry, Colton Dunn
Directed By: Matt Hullum
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 2/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 3 Nerdskulls
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