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Voss entices local gamers to create a Utopian society in an attempt to impress a potential employer, but paradise is disrupted when his nemesis lays claim to the city and Voss's true love.

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Voss is a gamer who is unemployed and looking for work. When a management position opens up at a gaming company, he interviews but lacks evidence of leadership abilities necessary to land the job. Given a week to prove himself, Voss does the only thing rational adult would do; create a Utopian society for gamers. Voss convinces his gaming guild to follow him into the mountains and has Marsha, his best friend, document his abilities. However things get complicated when Shadow Hawk, his gaming nemesis, arrives to over throw Voss' kingdom. Written by Adrian Lefler

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During the "chased through the waves of grain" scene, actor Brandyn Cross, a LARPer, hit a pothole and lost his prosthetic leg. Fellow LARPer James C. Morris, in the same scene, tripped over the leg, and skinned his knee. As he was wearing a kilt at the time, this resulted in a bloody mess, and he was fussed over for several minutes before he demanded air and sunlight so he could recover in peace. See more »

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Voss: We're going to do this like men and beat the hell out of each other!
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Unicorn City's Hidden Producer: Goes to Emilie Lefler for not divorcing Adrian Lefler who ignored her for 4 years to get this film produced. Thanks gorgeous!!! See more »

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Overall funny film, but not flawless.
10 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

The laughs build slowly in Unicorn City, a film that centers around a very small nitch of nerdy tabletop gamers who attempt to create a gaming utopia up in the mountains.

Usually the biggest flaw with contemporary comedy films is that they put all the laughs at the beginning and leave the third act with empty plot. Not so with Unicorn City, where the laughs slowly build as people figure out exactly what kind of a movie they're watching.

The obvious similarity to Napoleon Dynamite here lies in its dialog; sometimes funnier on the page and quoted by fans, than in the film. There could have been more laughs here had the soundtrack not become so invasive. The quieter the scenes are the easier it would be for the audience to pay attention to the nerd-banter. As Napoleon Dynamite proves, less is WAY more.

The majority of the laughs in this comedy come from situational and visual humor. Two scenes in particular; the pipe-sword coming out of the ground and the centaur arriving to the gamer utopia for the first time, show a unique humor that gives Unicorn City its strength.

There is some incredible acting from local talent in this piece, particularly Jaclyn Hales performance as the awkward love-interest. She is able to play such a laughable role with such honesty; there is no winking at the camera here.

The quality of the films visuals were also a big plus. The cinematography seemed more Hollywood than independent as Brandon Christensen shows us his full skills as DP. Only once or twice was the lighting obvious, which for a local Utah film is quite impressive.

However, this film is far from perfect; the plot was too predictable and too contrived to be believed (that job interview, please.), some characters lacked development, and overall, for a film about tabletop gamers, it was too clean ("Oh my gosh!" "Bull Crap!"--Come on, we all know what the dialog between real gamers are like).

But then again, it is a fantasy, and in this fantasy maybe our world is cleaner than it really is. The film is as detached to real life as the gamer characters are, so maybe., just maybe, that's the point.

Overall highly entertaining and fun for the whole nerdy family.


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