Natasha Burrows, Staff Writer

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Bright is set in an alternate present-day where humans and mythical creatures have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything. The object that drives the plot forward isn’t all that interesting, nor are any of the plot twists that are tossed into the mix. As for the film’s attempts to tackle subjects like racism and police brutality are conventional at best, but more often than not come off as misguided. The supporting cast seems to exist to drive the plot forward and are given little to nothing to do beyond that. The problems with Bright come down to the poor execution and lack of follow through, more than anything else. Let’s hope next time when Netflix decides to spend 90 million dollars on an original blockbuster film that it’s better than Bright.