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Will Smith used to be one of the most re­li­able big names on the movie busi­ness. And one day, he might be again. How­ever, af­ter the re­cent re­lease of this sci-fi fan­tasy de­ba­cle — which cost an es­ti­mated $100 mil­lion to make — Smith should be sin­binned by fans un­til fur­ther no­tice. This un­gainly odd­ity is set in an al­ter­nate ver­sion of present-day Los An­ge­les where the hu­man pop­u­la­tion is not all that com­fort­able liv­ing side-by­side with orcs, elves and anger­prone fairies. Smith plays LAPD po­lice of­fi­cer Daryl Ward, who to­gether with his orc part­ner Jakoby (a nearun­recog­nis­able Joel Edger­ton), pa­trols a dif­fi­cult beat as part of the city’s Magic Task Force. While there are some rather wild, left-of-cen­tre con­cepts in play here, the movie rarely has the smarts to make sense of them for the viewer. So all that re­mains as the rot sets in is a se­ries of stand-alone ac­tion and com­bat se­quences that feels like out­takes from a video game.

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