Shining a torch on today’s socio-economic storm.
From the creators of Suicide Squad, comes Bright. Netflix’s first US$100 million fantasy action-thriller flick is set in a modern Los Angeles, with a twist: humans co-exist with mythical creatures. Citizens are made up of Orcs, Elves, and Humans – a conscious decision to reflect the social hierarchy that is present in real-life society.
A ‘bright’ refers to an individual with magical abilities. However, Humans aren’t brights and they cannot be one. In the film, the only creatures who are brights are the Elves, and are thought to be the elites of this eccentric society. Humans are seen as the middle-class community who live in middle-class residences and take on middle-class jobs. At the bottom of the hierarchy are the Orcs, who are discriminated against because of their physical appearance.
Will Smith plays Ward, a Human cop who is forced to work with an Orc named Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), who happens to be the first orc to join the Los Angeles Police Department. The very idea of an orc in the police workforce also meant that Jakoby receives flak from his fellow orcs. While on a routine night patrol, both of them stumbled upon a magical artifact that could put the whole world at jeopardy. The ancient wand was thought to be destroyed, and only those who have been properly trained are able to brandish it. If a Human tries to wield it, they will perish.
Noomi Rapace, on the other hand, plays one of the highestranked Elves, who (surprise, surprise) is also the creator of the wand. Long story short, the wand ultimately ended up in the possession of Tikka (Lucy Fry), who planned to use it for malicious purposes. Ward and Jakoby then bumped into Tikka and become entangled in the plot. The film is not afraid to address the divisiveness of society and prejudice. Rapace, in a Polygon interview, said: “Bright is a reminder that it’s very important that we see everything in all of its complexity. To not judge too soon, to not say this specific group of people who look a certain way or practice a certain religion are bad guys or witches. Life and situations will shape us, but we shouldn’t judge people too soon. That’s the core of Bright. That’s what we’re trying to tell people.”
Bright will be available to stream on Netflix (and select cinemas in certain territories) from December 22.