The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008)

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: if you’re not in this film target demographic (oldschool table-top roleplayers) you’re probably not going to like or even “get” this film.  That said, for those of us who grew raiding the Keep on the Borderlands or trying to escape the Isle of Dread, this is a fun low-budget time.

Good writing and a good story make up for the obvious inexperience of the cast.  There were some weak moments along the way, though.  The biggest issue is that they had a limited number of nerdy jokes to tell, but tried to flesh out a full-length satire, so some jokes got rehashed to death or overly drawn out, but overall there were enough laughs to keep it moving.

The film’s biggest triumph probably lies in the fact that I so often found myself recalling the times that a member of a party that I was adventuring with (or yes, even I myself) was the punchline of the joke and did the exact same thing and yes, at the end of the flick, I found myself wanting to dust off the old core rulebooks one more time.

Stars: 3/5


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