Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Richee's Lazer Team (2016) Review

This mostly crowd funded film popped up earlier this year. Produced by the successful YouTube channel Rooster Teeth, and stars some of their biggest talents, like Achievement Hunter's Michael Jones and Gavin Free, as well as Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns. The other co-founder, Matt Hullum, directs the movie and is one of four writers.

The story starts in 1977 where aliens make contact with earth, informing them of a conflict with another alien race. The aliens tell them to train a champion of Earth to compete in a fight to the death for the sake of the planet. Adam (Alan Ritchson) is trained from birth to be that champion. Fast forward to present day, where four unlikely men unwittingly bring down the UFO carrying the Champions weapons. After each man puts on a piece of the armour it fuses to their bodies, making them the only hope for mankind, and leaving Adam only five days to train these most unlikely of heroes.
So the story is simple but very well written, and certainly has a lot of charm to it. The humour is what you would expect from the Rooster Teeth gang. If you're unfamiliar with their work, it is quite juvenile with slapstick elements, but works well with the concept. The acting is passable from Burnie Burns, Gavin Free and Michael Jones, and considering they're not really actors they do a solid job. Colton Dunn makes up the fourth member of the Lazer Team and is good in his part. Other Rooster teeth employee's pop up as extras through out the film.

The one major down fall of the film would be the CGI they use for the UFOs and the alien race spectating the fight; they just don't look up to scratch, even for a low budget film. Yet the weapons the Lazer Team use do look good, whether it's the blaster, shield, or the helmet going into stealth mode, they all look good. Plus the Worg make up looked awesome, making the alien look like a badass human/cat hybrid.
All in all, I enjoyed this film. It had some very funny scenes and some good action set pieces. If  you're a fan and haven't got round to watching this yet, get on it. If you just want something light hearted and fun, if just a bit silly, give this a shot. Final verdict: 6/10, an above average film only let down by the size of the budget. Hopefully they'll have a bigger budget for the sequel. Richee

If you're new to Rooster Teeth, I would highly recommend the murder mystery series 10 Little Roosters, up on their YouTube channel.

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