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Darkon (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Fantasy | 11 March 2006 (USA)
Skip Lipman, a suburban stay at home dad, embarks on an epic quest to topple a mighty empire in a full-contact Live Action Role Playing Game known as Darkon.

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Luke Meyer, Andrew Neel
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Credited cast:
Skip Lipman Skip Lipman ... Self / Bannor
Kenyon Wells Kenyon Wells ... Self / Keldar
Daniel McArthur Daniel McArthur ... Self / Trivius
Rebecca Thurmond Rebecca Thurmond ... Self / Nemesis
James Iddings James Iddings ... Self / Saruk
Gary Black Gary Black ... Self / Malkin
Domenic Prince Domenic Prince ... Self / Arfex
Andrew Mattingly Andrew Mattingly ... Self / Shapwin
Frank Kanach Frank Kanach ... Self / Otto
Leah Kanach Leah Kanach ... Self / Ilya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teasa Glenn Teasa Glenn ... Self
Michael Wells Michael Wells ... Self - Kenyon's father
Nancy Lee Wells Nancy Lee Wells ... Self - Kenyon's mother
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Darkon is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that follows the real-life adventures of the Darkon Wargaming Club in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of fantasy live-action role-playing (LARP) gamers. The film was directed by Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer. Written by Wikipedia

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Everybody Wants To Be a Hero


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Skip Lipman: I really do want to be a superhero sometimes, in real life! I wish I could get more stuff done and make more of a positive change in the world or at least have some affect through my actions.
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Mediocre approach, interesting subject
31 March 2007 | by dangerundoneSee all my reviews

Saw this at the Santa Fe Film Festival. I knew little more than what I had read in the program and seen on the trailer. Not being a "Larper" (which is never fully explained) I never had a clear sense of the complexity of the activity. Overall, I thought that the film did a cursory job of presenting the characters and their motivations. Because the film takes itself so seriously, I felt we were laughing at the characters, not with them. All we really get from the characters is a reinforced theme of "at home I'm nobody, I'm not in control... at Darkon, I'm somebody, I'm in control" (not a direct quote).

Rather than documenting, this film seems to promote the activity, never taking the time to question whether or not participating in Darkon is always a good thing. It's more narrative than documentary, and the story simply isn't that compelling. I think this film thrives largely on the foreignness of the subject matter.

The editing is a little sloppy (the film could be about 15 minutes shorter), characters are a bit bland (give the subject, I expected more dynamic personalities), visuals range from professional to poorly shot/poorly exposed, the music is quite excellent... though it gives the film a pseudo "Lord of the Rings" vibe when it's really just Medieval Reenactment with padded weapons. Again, I felt this undermined the objectivity and made it Pro-Darkon.

The preview has all the best shots from the film, as previews often do. Most of those images have no context in the film itself, and are just visual asides.

Of course, independent film-making is no small task, so for that reason I'm giving this a 5/10. It was a good effort, but overall, I would not recommend the film. Boredom sinks in at about minute 15.


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