Mythica: The Darkspore

(2015)

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Title:
Mythica: The Darkspore
Release Date:
24th June 2015
Runtime:
108 min
MPAA Rating:
15
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Directors:
Anne K. Black
Writers:
Anne K. Black, Jason Faller
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

When Teela’s sister is murdered and a powerful relic stolen, Marek and her friends face a sinister new enemy – Kishkumen, a foreign mystic bent on reclaiming the Darkspore for his master Szorlok. Armed with twin maps, Marek and her team race Kishkumen and his horde through creature-infested lands, to a long abandoned underground city – all the while pursued by bounty hunters intent on returning Marek to slavery.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 0%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 38%
IMDb Rating 6.3

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Voda_AVA_1094 12th April, 2016

A waste of time

Marek and her company must go on a journey and prevent Szorlok from obtaining all the shards of the Darkspore, or all will be lost. Really??? They already lost the stone!! There's a lot of flaws here. Very poor visual effects, poor scenario and poor acting. Marek got strong powers but she still a slave tho, and needs help to be freed!!! The timeline is so slow. Marek and here friends had the portal opened but they didn't go into it until the evil wizard arrived to fight them. They saw his army and they got enough time to escape through the portal, but the stood still like idiots and got caught!!! I'm sure that the high ratings are very fake. I rated 1 for this movie because there's no less than 1 to give.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 11th October, 2015

On par with its predecessor as a movie that's not bad but nothing special either

The first movie, Mythica: A Quest for Heroes, was not a bad movie but with some major debits and not an awful lot special about it. It was watchable if on the mediocre side if anything. Its first sequel Mythica: The Darkspore quality-wise is about the same (though with a couple of improvements), watchable with nothing to get angry or excited about. Where it improves on its predecessor is in most of the production values. It's a very nicely photographed movie and more focused in terms of camera work and the scenery is more sweeping and boasts more colour and a little more atmosphere. Costumes and sets allow one to get suitably immersed in the fantasy world that is being portrayed. The acting is also much improved. Melanie Stone, one of the best things about the first movie, gives another very good performance, and the character is engaging and well-rounded. Nicola Posener's acting is more natural to her rather stiff acting in the previous movie, and while his screen time is still rather short Kevin Sorbo does have more to do and he does seem more involved. Mythica: The Darkspore's music score is suitably stirring and grand, it also fits better than in the first movie (though it was still one of the better assets before as well) and is recorded better. The humour is much less awkward here thankfully, sure there were times where it wasn't really needed but it's better placed and its tongue-in-cheek nature is actually amusing, even with a character that could have been obnoxious if executed wrongly. However, the special effects are a mixed bag. At best they just pass muster (never more than that), but in other places they do look ropey, the encounter with the mythical entity indeed looks distractingly bad. The action is even more clumsily executed than in the first, being unexciting and under-choreographed and it all looks too safe. Some sloppy editing and lack of interaction in the scenes featuring any action are further disadvantages, not being more apparent in the big fight towards the end which was rushed in storytelling which hurt the coherence of it, terribly clumsy in staging and pedestrian in choreography. Regarding the script, the humour is nice and there are some interesting parts but it's still a bit trite and could have explained things much more. The direction has some imaginative moments, but is mostly of the getting-the-job-done-in-a-routine-fashion type, and while kudos is due making the story darker and more complex this time round instead of the non-stop thrill ride it should have been it was somewhat inconsistent. There are some nice moments that maintain interest and it does have more heart than its predecessor, but it does drag in spots and bumps along, with variable momentum, rather than flowing smoothly. The characters are never annoying, but only the main character is properly interesting, the rest are there with shades of a likable personality but little development and some like some of the mythical characters were not always needed. All in all, not bad, nothing special. Passes the time without one getting irked or raving. 5/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by siderite 26th August, 2015

Not as good as the first one, but still entertaining

The party continues on their quest, this time helped by a dark elf with mysterious markings, while a warlock is trying to beat them to their goal. Unfortunately, it seemed like the makers made a lot less effort for this film, especially in the areas of character interaction and storyline. That's unfortunate, especially since I loved A Quest for Heroes. Some commentators focused on the quality of the special effects. I don't care about those, but this is an indicator that those people didn't feel the characters were important or the story inspiring, and that is on the script writer. If the story is great and the characterization well done, no one looks twice on the special effects. I think that, while I still enjoyed the film, more effort should be made to make the viewers feel with the characters in a story that one could believe in. Bottom line: fun film, really inconsistent characters, jumping from love to hate on a whim, and a disappointing and rushed ending that made little sense. I hope the next part will be more engaging.

Reviewed by patrickkemner 6th July, 2015

Good movie that was made but with a few gold coins

Some vague spoilers following the work of the crew... This movie picks up the story where it ended in Quest for Heroes. Again, Mrs Anne Black and her crew of actors and technicians do a good movie with little resources. I wonder how they do it. :) Actors do good things to improve the movie, more than in the first I think. Although, I miss the dwarf. ;) Good sound quality, the music is well composed and well placed, the cgi is better than in the first. I'm happy that our big warrior didn't fell on his behind in this movie. I can't believe how many times he was on the ground in the first movie. haha! Combat on the other hand is poor, especially in the big fight near the end of the movie where the orcs are just standing there and doing nothing, just waiting for... well, nothing. When surrounded the heroes should be fighting for their lives and being hit from every side, that would have been more epic. Maybe you guys should keep an eye on the combat scenes. Hitting someone with a foam or plastic sword or mace shouldn't hurt any of the actors. hehe! I know you work hard, but make sure you take each combat scene a couple of times to make it look the best and especially the most believable. I know you are more interested in telling a story, but a movie needs to have good visuals too, not need to be Hollywood or Disney quality, just well made one with the budget you have. Have the enemies of the hero hit them next time, even if the blows glances off armour or shields, it makes the fight more believable and intense. Kudos again for a good movie considering you had a limited budget. :D

Reviewed by sven-49-694776 19th June, 2015

And the adventure continues ... somehow.

After a promising start with Mythica 1 I was disappointed with this sequel. Sure, as a fan of fantasy films, Independent movies and as Kickstarter Backer I still give here five stars, but it could have been done better. The makers seem to have forgotten that they have only a little budget. Instead of having bad CGI it would be better to halve the number of effects and improve them. In some scenes I really thought "What the hell?" Smoke, blood, riders and magic have to be done better. And therefore one must not always bring an "expensive dragon, especially if the fight against it is so clumsy. Some other parts are also not convincing: The fight scenes this time are surprisingly bad, annoying fairies are needless, and the story bobs up and down. It starts right after the events of the first film, but somehow it is not believable and seems constructed. The scenery and the costumes remain good, and I also like the girls of the troupe. As a fantasy fan you can watch this B-movie, but unfortunately I can't recommend it.