Darkon

2006

Darkon

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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.

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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.

    Nov 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.

    Oct 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.

    Sep 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?

    Sep 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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 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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