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Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords

Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords (2015) Movie Poster
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USA  •    •  103m  •    •  Directed by: Mark Steven Grove, Jon Firestone.  •  Starring: Mark Steven Grove, Sara N. Salazar, Lauren Melone, Trygve Lode, Sam Del Rio, Michelle Grove, Justin McQueede, Brian D. Cahill, Debra McMichael, Kristie Griever, Martin Kove, Christopher Atkins, Gary Sirchia.  •  Music by: Jeremy Christopher.
     In the mystical realm of Ryntia, the forces of the underworld are aligning to unleash a plague of evil upon the surface. The deadly bat-like Blood Reavers, the Saurian Maurauders, the Orcish Warmongers and the feline Shadow-cat mercenaries have pledged their respective clans to the service of Bre'Gwen, queen of the deep elves. Together they seek to destroy the human and Elven kingdoms and rule all of Ryntia in the name of evil.

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When rating this film we cannot fairly compare it to anything but similarly-made movies. This has all the trappings and feeling of a full fan-film... but somewhat better invested and carried out. Viewers quickly realize this is full head-on schlock, but it's FUN head-on schlock.

Unlike typical "barbarian" films or some of the really bad fantasy films we have seen come across the SyFy channel, this one has interesting characters, a variety of races, some decently-made weaponry, a script that isn't terrible, acting that is quite terrible, and is pretty much watchable all the way through.

Role playing gamers will love this. It has everything from dragons to thieves to dark elves. Yes, the script is often corny, some of the acting stupendously wooden as a fence post, and some of the lines right out of the cliche handbook-- but who cares? This isn't cerebral, it probably had a budget of four figures, and no one should be taking this seriously at all.

What it does have-- and is why I give it 6 stars instead of something way lower-- is heart that is usually lacking in such films. Evidently the writer-director knows his gamer lore and puts his love of the genre into the whole film. That's is exactly what it feels like all the way through-- a role playing game brought to life. From the beginning "gathering of heroes" to the very final scene this feels like a game-master-operated scenario, with the players doing the best they can in their respective roles and trying not to die long enough to collect their experience points. The ending is horribly cliche and actually gave me a chuckle-- which is far better than a thumbs-down.

All in all, if you're looking for good schlock instead of bad schlock or just plain bad bad-- this is pretty decent. Terrible filming, terrible CGI, a main wizard that makes you cringe every time he utters a line-- and some pretty enjoyable characters and "game play" all the way through. Anyone who has ever played an RPG will likely identify with this film. .


Review by Granger from the Internet Movie Database.