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As swords are raised and the battlefield air flows thick with tension, the participants in a full-scale role-playing game called Darkon shed their mundane identities to assume the role of warrior knight, mystical wizard, or fierce maiden. This is the story of Darkon, a game that allows hundreds of adventure-seeking adults to live out their wildest medieval fantasies. Though, to the majority of Baltimore residents, the paved parking lots and inner-city decay serve as a constant reminder of modern man's urban aspirations gone awry, a secret world exists in the forests and hills surrounding the city that allows the more imaginative a chance to take a virtual voyage back in time. This is the story of the people who refuse to allow the roles they play from nine to five define their lives, and instead choose to express their true nature through a game that allows them to become the brave hero or cunning strategist that they have always aspired to be. … More
|Genre:||Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||Luke Meyer, Andrew Neel, Daniel McCarthur, Kenyon Wells, Rebecca Thurmond, Skip Lipman|
|In Theaters:||Mar 11, 2006 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 26, 2008|
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Critic Reviews for Darkon
Joins the ranks of movies like Hoop Dreams and Murderball as one of the great documentary dissections of how Americans play.
By approaching the subject without a sense of ironic distance, Neel and Meyer get at something elemental, a variation of the American Dream at work, in which everyone can live out their life as they see it, even if that's as a medieval elf.
Eloquent and occasionally touching, Darkon is haphazardly photographed but unfailingly generous toward subjects who exhibit an astonishing degree of self-awareness.
Neel and Meyer approach their subjects with open minds. Running around Baltimore in medieval armor isn't everyone's chalice of wine, they seem to be saying -- but who are we to judge?
There should be plenty of material here. But all we see are average men and women looking for an escape from their boring jobs and disappointing home lives.
Audience Reviews for Darkon
Somewhere there is a Trekkie Dentist who feels really good about themselves.
An average doc about the world of LARPing. I would have liked it to cover more of the world of LARPing but it sticks to just one group and it's struggles. There are a few people covered but one more than the others. You get interested in the story but I would have liked to see more of the others.
They do get a little carried away but I think the whole thing looks fun and I wouldn't mind trying it out.
I did not know this culture existed and this film provides a very interesting glimpse into the world of outcasts shunned by other outcasts. Check out the HULU page discussions on this for a thorough exploration of the piece.
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