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Lorcation Lorcation Lorcation

by Pride of the Mouth


Well wasn't this topical with the Housing measures announced this week! Not quite sure where the team was implying this film was set with the opening landscape shot of Auckland harbour, but ok! Anyway, when a real estate agent with classic corny fake teeth offers a house for a price that seems too good to be true, thirsty would be home owners jump at the chance only to quickly realise the house it not all that it seems to be.

I have to admit that SHREK but the curse is tied to clearing a mortgage was pretty genius. Though I was a bit confused as to why a bargain priced house would take 300 years to pay off? Nevertheless the team upped the ante by going with Orcs rather than trolls (this is Middle Earth, after all) who have a hunger for more than just pizza.

Payoff was simply brilliant. An absolute zinger that brought my subdivided attention to laughter.

Honestly this reminded me so much of classic z-grade 48 Hours from yesteryear. If you've done your homework on Taika's early fake teeth efforts then I applaud you. Your real estate agent was the star here, though some of the quips in the script such as not really being monsters due to how things played out was comedy gold.

My main areas I noted that dragged the film down a bit was the lighting, and the big one for me was the camerawork. For such a fantastical film it was very static and tripod-set, whilst some of the framing was crammed for example having multiple characters on screen where some were just standing around. A focused shot would have allowed more attention to be drawn to your zany costumes and well done orc makeup, in my opinion. Lots of promise here, though.

Story: 3/5
Technical: 1.5/5
Elements: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5

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