6.72 h 3 min2016X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
A spectacular fantasy-action saga of power and sacrifice in which an unlikely set of heroes is set on a collision course to protect the fate of civilization.
Duncan Jones
Travis FimmelPaula PattonBen Foster
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Dominic CooperToby KebbellBen SchnetzerRob KazinskyDaniel Wu
Charles RovenThomas TullJon JashniAlex GartnerStuart Fenegan
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QuentinReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seekers of Lore
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According to Rotten Tomatoes and the rest of the "film critic world" this movie sucks... How sorely wrong those incompetent critics are.

Canon? kinda-sorta, not exactly.
In the games, you have NPC's you see many of with no "titled name" like the countless Ironforge Riflemen in the Dwarven District. That is why there will be names of characters you have never heard before. Technically this movie is adding to the lore while keeping with what we already know and diverging from it somewhat. Because, well, it's a movie with characters, who need names so it doesn't suck.

Technically, the story of this movie is based off the lore that was never written for the game "Warcraft: Orcs and Humans" (WOaH) and if that game were to be re-done with lore and graphics as in depth and epic as "World of Warcraft"(WoW). WOaH was released about 20 years ago iirc. It was an RTS game that was predominantly about having tons of fun with as little story as possible. Through WoW, other games, novels, and some miscellaneous material released by Blizzard the lore for WOaH has been uncovered. This lore is an integral part of what makes WOaH, WoW, and everything else so captivating from a storytelling standpoint. To an extent, to fully understand everything little thing in this movie you need some basic knowledge base. However, it is a great portal to allow people to enter the WoW lore universe. But please keep in mind that WOaH lore is supposed to be somewhat separate from the lore of WoW even though there are elements within WOaH that are connected to WoW.

You don't have to be a WoW fan to enjoy this movie. Although the lore is like the Orb of Mystery to our Depleted-Kyparium Rocket. If you love fantasy please by all means watch this. Be careful, don't become consumed. 10/10 would watch again.

Now, if you do feel like you want to know a lot more and really dive into the WoW universe I'd recommend doing one or both of the following:

1. Play Word of Warcraft
a. Request to join the guild <Seekers of Lore> on Gilneas-US Alliance.
b. focus on questing primarily, some dungeons, many raids.
c. Look up quest topics and dungeons plus who is inside on wowwiki. Click on other articles, aka open the flood gates of lore. Discuss with guild members.

2. At least*, read these novels in this chronological order and take notes (explain after list):
Warcraft Saga
Dawn of the Aspects (past)
Rise of the Horde (Argus)
-13,000 (Approx.)
Death From Above
-10,000 (Approx.)
War of the Ancients 1: The Well of Eternity
War of the Ancients 2: The Demon Soul
War of the Ancients 3: The Sundering
The Burdens of Shaohao
Curse of the Worgen (past)
The First Guardian (Legends Vol. 5)
War of the Shifting Sands (past)
Cycle of Hatred (past begins)
The Last Guardian (past begins)
Shaman (prologue)
prior the year -45
A Warrior Made (Legends Vol. 4 and 5)
Blackhand (prior the formation of the Horde)
Lords of War (past)
-45 to -44
Rise of the Horde (Draenor)
Blood and Thunder (20 years before the formation of the Iron Horde (approximately the same date before the Orcish Horde))
Family Values (Legends Vol. 2 starts)
Unbroken (begins)
Rise of the Horde (Draenor, ends)
Lord of the Clans (beginning)
First War (Warcraft: Orcs and Humans)
The Last Guardian
Blood of the Highborne (chapter 1)[citation needed]
Tides of Darkness (begins)
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (begins)
Second War (Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness)
Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack (past)
Ashbringer (beginning of #1)
Tides of Darkness (ends)
Beyond the Dark Portal (prologue)
Invasion of Draenor (Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal)
Beyond the Dark Portal (main story & ending)
Day of the Dragon
Unbroken (ends)
Mage (past)
Lord of the Clans (main story)
Road to Damnation
Of Blood and Honor
Lord of the Clans (ends)
Third War (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos)
Vol'jin: The Judgment
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (part 2 and 3)
Death Knight (chapters 1-3)
Blood of the Highborne (chapters 2 and 3)
Ashbringer (middle of #1)
A Cleansing Fire (begins, Legends Vol. 5)
Illidan (prologue)
Aftermath of the Third War (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne)
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (end of part 3)
Illidan (first chapters)
Ashbringer (ending of #1, plus #2-#4)
Sunwell Trilogy
War of the Ancients (present (starts and ends))
A Cleansing Fire (ends, Legends Vol. 5)
Cycle of Hatred
World of Warcraft (World of Warcraft)
The War Effort
War of the Shifting Sands (present)
The Thrill of the Hunt (Legends Vol. 3)
Bloodsail Buccaneer (Legends Vol. 4)
How to Win Friends (Legends Vol. 1)
Miles to Go (Legends Vol. 2)
An Honest Trade (Legends Vol. 1)
Warrior: Divided (Legends Vol. 2)
Warrior: United (Legends Vol. 5)
Blood of the Highborne (chapter 4)
Shadow Wing Vol. 1: The Dragons of Outland, and Vol. 2: Nexus Point
The Burning Crusade (The Burning Crusade)
Rise of the Horde (present and ends)
Garrosh Hellscream: Heart of War (past)
Illidan (main story and ends)
The Journey (Legends Vol. 1)
Crusader's Blood (Legends Vol. 3) (in conflict, because of the appearance of Renee Lauer)
I Got What Yule Need (Legends Vol. 3)
Blood Runs Thicker (Legends Vol. 4)
World of Warcraft: The Comic (begins)
Night of the Dragon
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (interludes and epilogue)
World of Warcraft: The Comic (ends)
Mage (present)
Lor'themar Theron: In the Shadow of the Sun
Fallen - Fear - Fiend - Fate (Legends Vol. 1, 2, 3 and 4)
Wrath of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King)
Death Knight (ends)
Li Li's Travel Journal (1-4)
Pearl of Pandaria
Garrosh: Heart of War (present)
World of Warcraft: The Comic Special Issue 1: Beginnings and Ends
Stormrage (along Nightmares from Legends Vol. 5)
The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
Gelbin Mekkatorque: Cut Short
Dark Riders
Curse of the Worgen (present)
Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night
Tyrande & Malfurion: Seeds of Faith
The Council of Three Hammers: Fire and Iron
Cataclysm (Cataclysm)
Gallywix: Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince (ends here, unknown start)
Baine Bloodhoof: As Our Fathers Before Us
Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack (present)
Wolfheart (after the shattering but before the new Ashenvale questline)
Velen: Prophet's Lesson
Varian Wrynn: Blood of Our Fathers
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
Charge of the Aspects
Quest for Pandaria
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
Mists of Pandaria (Mists of Pandaria)
Li Li's Travel Journal (5-11)
The Trial of the Red Blossoms
The Strength of Steel (begins)
Bleeding Sun
Dawn of the Aspects (present)
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
The Blank Scroll
The Strength of Steel (ends)
Over Water
The Jade Hunters
The Untamed Valley
War Crimes
Gul'dan and the Stranger
Code of Rule
Warlords of Draenor (Warlords of Draenor)
Lords of War (present)
Apocrypha (present line)
Magni: Fault Lines
Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar
Highmountain: A Mountain Divided
Anduin: Son of the Wolf
(list from gamepedia) Now, with your notes, research on wowwiki what you need more info on.

- I have been playing since release, reading since TBC, and still love it all.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie broken Disc Case
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I'm an old Warcraft player and when the movie first came out I was skeptical because of how bad movies based on games tend to be. But, really, if I put aside my fanboyism for the game and just watch it as a film and unique story. The movie is very well done. It's hard to say the same for some other movies based on games. They feel like they got cheap on quality and story telling. The 4 stars instead of 5 is because the seller/Amazon is being rated here too. I love collecting movies. I started to collect again after a long pause of a few years. I bought a boxset with 6 movies but 12 discs and one other movie along with this one at the same time. This movie came with its case punctured none of the other ones did. Broken plastic pieces were tumbling around inside the case. I feared the disc may have been damaged. But I sat down and watch the movie and saw no issues. So only down side is from a collection point of view, it doesn't have a pretty case.
DarinaReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great family movie.
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Under rated movie. Great for watching with family. CGI was awesome for when this was made. We picked up a uhd player, and the disks are noticeably different from streaming. Perfect condition. Great value.
MacJunegrandReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The year I stopped believing professional critics
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I have to confess, I avoided this film in theaters due to the bad reviews. I was in a bit down financially, so I didn't have the chance to see many movies when it was released. I had to choose, and I let this by, and I did it precisely because of all the low scores it kept getting. But I did purchase it on Blu Ray based on user opinions (and the fact that my financial situation improved), and I finally saw it yesterday. And this is the last straw. I already had bad experiences with professional critics this year (Ghostbusters, Suicide Squad), and this is the final film that convinces me that those guys are full of crap. I didn't want to believe it before, but I can't ignore the evidence, and now I'm forced to realize professional critics are supremely biased and will judge a movie based on preconceptions rather than content.

Because trust me, this movie is great. In fact, just about the only negative thing I can say about it is that the ending is too open instead of closing everything. But that's only a negative if you're not interested to see more of this universe and story. But I am, so it doesn't really count.

Based on the eponymous classic PC strategy game (note: not actually based in the far more popular MMORPG World of Warcraft, which is set in the same universe but actually acts as a sequel to the strategy games), tells the story of how the humans and orcs met each other and started their conflict. The world of the orcs, a proud race of warriors, is dying, so orc leader Gul'Dan uses the magic known as Fel to open a portal to the land of Azeroth, which they intend to conquer. Since Fel magicworks by absorbing life force and their prisoner supply is limited, they can only send their strongest warriors first, to capture more prisoners and then use their life to bring the rest of the horde.

The humans, led by King Llene, discover the presence of the orcs and with the help of their military commander, Lothar, and a retired mage named Khadgar, manage to capture a half-orc named Garona, who can speak both languages and decides to help them against the orcs, as she was treated like a prisoner by them. To this, they recruit the help of the powerful wizard Medivh, also known as The Guardian, whose purpose is to protect the land. Meanwhile, on the orc side, new-father chieftain named Durotan believes Gul'Dan and his Fel magic are responsible for their world's death, and tries to make an alliance with the humans in order to defeat Gul'Dan and avoid the death of this new land. Unfortunately, there might be traitors on both sides.

Now this storyline might sound a little complicated when laid out this way, but fortunately the film makes its progression easy enough to understand. While people might have a bit of a hard time with the unusual names at first, it gets easier as the film goes on. The story is interesting enough on its own, but clearly only the first chapter. And while, like I mentioned before, the ending is open for subsequent chapters, the first one has good enough closure that you won't feel cheated of an ending. Of course, the film is also a wonderful visual spectacle, and even though it has to deal with a lot of central characters, you never feel as though any of them is underdeveloped.

Which, again, brings to mind those terrible reviews complaining about unexistent things, and makes me believe that they've given the movie a low score based on preconceptions about videogame movies.

On the Blu Ray department, the visual and sound quality is top notch, as expected, and there are TONS of extras, including making-of and an exploration of the videogames' story and impact. Most interesting of them all is a 5-chapter motion comic that works as a prequel to the film and helps to develop further a few of the human main characters. And in the deleted scenes section, you can't help but feel that some of them should have left in the final movie.

So I implore you, please give this film a chance. It doesn't necessarily need a sequel, but it would be great to have one. Don't let this go the way of John Carter. Let's give the story an opportunity to go on.
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Dan KuzemchakReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
They are great.
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I love this movie.
TheodicusReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Looking forward to the continuation...
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As a 15 year player of the game (World of Warcraft) and a big fan of the lore; I was surprised as to how well this movie turned out. There was some cheese in places of the script but whaddya gonna do? It's a game. Mad props to the Griffon at the end who was kicking Orc butt all over the place!
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Deb KisReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Gave it to my boyfriend, he loved it.
Color_WolfReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Gamer need to watch it
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