Contest: Chicago, see Duncan Jones’ Warcraft in Imax early and for free

Warcraft has all the makings of a traditional summer blockbuster: An epic “heroes” vs. “villains” story, a glut of special effects, and massively popular source material to boot. So why does it feel like such a gamble? Popular as they may be, the Blizzard Entertainment games on which the film is based didn’t necessarily have fans screaming for a movie adaptation—after all, how could years and years of highly intricate gameplay by millions of fans be condensed into a two-hour narrative? However, if anyone is up to the task, its Duncan Jones, whose previous two features (Moon, Source Code) prove that he’s more than capable of handling smart, fantastical movies with complex plotting. And though many of them will be hiding behind makeup and CGI effects, Warcraft has enlisted an enticing cast including Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Ruth Negga, and Travis Fimmel.

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