A detective must work with an Orc to find a powerful wand before evil creatures do.


David Ayer


Max Landis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Daryl Ward
Joel Edgerton ... Nick Jakoby
Noomi Rapace ... Leilah
Edgar Ramírez ... Kandomere (as Edgar Ramirez)
Lucy Fry ... Tikka
Veronica Ngo ... Tien
Alex Meraz ... Serafin
Happy Anderson ... Montehugh
Ike Barinholtz ... Pollard
Dawn Olivieri ... Sherri Ward
Matt Gerald ... Hicks
Margaret Cho ... Sergeant Ching
Joseph Piccuirro ... Brown
Brad William Henke ... Dorghu
Jay Hernandez ... Rodriguez


In Los Angeles, humans live with orcs and elves in a world where fantasy creatures do exist. LAPD police officer Dayl Ward is the first human cop having the orc police officer Nick Jakoby as a partner. When Ward is shot by an orc and Jakoby does not capture the shooter, he questions whether Jakoby lets the fellow orc escape. During a patrol, Ward and Jakoby arrest a man that tells that there is a prophecy and Ward is blessed. Meanwhile, Internal Affairs press Ward to find the truth about the escape of the shooter so that they can fire Jakoby. The magic department of the FBI interrogates the man that belongs to the terrorist Shield of Light group which protects brights so that they can prepare for the return of the Dark Lord that will destroy the world. Ward and Jakoby are summoned to attend a disturbance and they stumble upon a Shield of Light safe-house where they arrest the elf Tikka and bag her magic wand. Soon they learn that Tikka is hunted down by the evil and powerful rogue elf... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the film was auctioned for acquisition, there were bids that included one from PalmStar Media and a joint offer from Warner Bros. and its financier, MGM. Netflix emerged as the highest bidder. See more »


When Brown talks to Ward in the locker room, his arm was lying on the locker, but the following cut scene has both of his hands holding the dipping tobacco. See more »


Daryl Ward: Look, you need to un-fuck this right now, you got to magic our asses to Cabo or something...
Tikka: I saved your friend's life. Isn't that enough?
Daryl Ward: It's a start, but...
Nick Jakoby: Ward, enough. I happen to think it's a pretty big deal.
[to Tikka]
Nick Jakoby: Thank you.
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Written by Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha, Sarah Aarons (as Sara Aarons) and Camila Cabello
Produced by Grey
Performed by Camila Cabello and Grey
Camila Cabello appears courtesy of Syco/Epic Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
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30 December 2017 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

In a present day world of orcs, fairies, elves and humans a new form of bigotry exists in which orcs are the object of all kinds of discrimination while elves enjoy exclusivity--as in they have all the exclusive stuff. I wouldn't call it racism towards the orcs because that would imply that orcs are a race when in fact they are an entirely different species (I doubt a human and and orc can procreated together (ugh!)). In any case, Officer Daryl Ward (Will Smith) is the unfortunate recipient of an orc partner, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), on a force in which no other orcs exist nor are they welcome. The two of them have to work together to overcome the bitterness between each other as well as the vitriol that comes from others on the force. They also have to figure out how to protect the world from a dangerous magic wand.

My problem with the movie is the incredible lack of back story. There is some exposition throughout the movie but it is woefully lacking. This isn't the future, this is the present and there are orcs and elves everywhere. Why? And even their mission is a bit nebulous. They have to save a magic wand from getting into the wrong hands. There are so many questions I have from just that alone.

The action was OK and visually the movie was nice as well, it was just underdeveloped as a story and Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby were underdeveloped as characters.

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Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$90,000,000 (estimated)
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