Netflix has officially confirmed plans to go ahead with a sequel to Bright, Will Smith’s divisive urban fantasy action crime movie about a human and orc cop duo.
The movie was much maligned by critics when it made its debut on the streaming service, with many quick to slam director David Ayer’s film as one of the worst of 2017.
Despite being roundly slammed by critics, however, the movie, which also stars Joel Edgerton as Smith’s orc partner, has gone on to be a huge hit for Netflix.
It’s already the highest viewed Netflix film ever on the service in its first week of release and one of the biggest Netflix originals ever launched.
Bright has also become the top most viewed movie on Netflix in over 190 countries since its release.
It follows the exploits of two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it.
In true buddy cop style, the pair battle both their own personal difference as well as a glut of enemies, both human and otherwise, out for blood.
All while attempted to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
Though far from a perfect movie, we ended up being pretty fond of Bright here at loaded, thanks to Ayer’s canny eye for action and some solid performances from both Smith and Edgerton.
It’s well worth a watch, with Naomi Rapace on similarly excellent form as the film’s primary villain. Will it win any awards? Probably not. But what it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in ingenuity and sheer energy.
With Smith, Edgerton and Ayer all expected to return for the sequel, Bright 2 simply cannot come soon enough for us.
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