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Not as good as the first film, but the second half makes-up for a weak opening
RELEASED IN 2015 and directed by Anne K. Black, "Mythica: The Darkspore" is the second film in the five-film fantasy/adventure series about a limping servant girl with blossoming magical powers named Merek (Melanie Stone), who teams-up with a heroic warrior, Thane (Adam Johnson), a miscreant lothario, Dagen (Jake Stormoen), a priestess, Teela (Nicola Posener), and a hunky elf, Qole (Rocky Myers), for a journey to obtain all the shards of the Darkspore to keep it from the diabolical Szorlok (Matthew Mercer). Kevin Sorbo has a cameo.
The story takes place in an adventurous Medieval-like world where sorcery, elves, orcs, dragons and other fantasy creatures are real. If you like The Lord of the Rings, D&D, Warcraft, Conan or Sinbad you'll probably like the Mythica franchise. These movies were partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign with all the movies costing less than $100,000, except the fifth and final one. The first movie, "A Quest for Heroes," cost $94,294 while this sequel cost $81,099. The production quality is incredible for such meager budgets, particularly if you're familiar with micro-budget productions. The Mythica films are basically just as good production-wise as "Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God" (2005), a TV movie that cost a whopping $15 million (for a TV flick, that is).
"The Darkspore" is disappointing in comparison to the dynamic first film, in particular the first half where the transition from "A Quest for Heroes" is clumsy and unexciting. Thankfully, things perk up in the second half and make up for the weak first act, especially a fight with a dragon in the desert. In any case, be sure to see "A Quest for Heroes" before viewing this one.
THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour 47 minutes. WRITERS: Anne K. Black, Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin.
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