Darkon 2006

Darkon

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Fantasy role players use Baltimore re-imagined into a medieval world called Darkon. The adventurers combine character-driven storylines with physical re-enactments. Each person creates an alter ego complete with rich emotional, psychological, and social lives as well as elaborate costumes for use in court or on the battlefield.

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Tom Davis
Producer
Christopher Kikis
Executive Producer
Thomas Kikis
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Nicholas Levis
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Ethan Palmer
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Cherise Wolas
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Alan Zelenetz
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Jonah Rapino
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Critic Reviews for Darkon

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

  • Joins the ranks of movies like Hoop Dreams and Murderball as one of the great documentary dissections of how Americans play.

    November 12, 2007 | Full Review…

    Grady Hendrix

    Slate
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  • 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.

    October 26, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
    Los Angeles Times
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  • Eloquent and occasionally touching, Darkon is haphazardly photographed but unfailingly generous toward subjects who exhibit an astonishing degree of self-awareness.

    September 22, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • 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?

    September 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Empowered as they are, it's hard to take this motley crew seriously when they spit medieval maxims with soccer goals in the background, but the filmmakers approach their subjects with humanity.

    September 11, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Darkon

  • Jan 25, 2011
    Documentary about a medieval war-gaming club where the members spend their weekends battling each other with forsooths and swords. It was a strange mixture; I really liked the people who got involved, and their perfectly valid reasons why they preferred it to real life, but I found the whole battly dungeons and dragonsy dressing up thing incomprehensible. I loved the fact that they were doing it, but I couldn't understand the appeal AT ALL. "I challenge thee to a battle for an imaginary piece of playground", what's all that about? Horses for courses. <img src="http://www.brooklynpaper.com/assets/photos/30/45/30_45_darkon1_z.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2011
    Somewhere there is a Trekkie Dentist who feels really good about themselves.
    James A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    If you ever get a chance to see this film-Watch it!!! Its like live action Dungeon & Dragons
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2009
    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.
    Jason S Super Reviewer

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