Lazer Team blew up!

Rating: PG-13
Director: Matt Hullum
Production: Rooster Teeth Production
Genre(s): Sci-fi, comedy and fantasy
Starring: Alan Ritchson, Burnie Burns, Gavin Free and Michael Jones

Alex Ritchson, who stars in the film

Alex Ritchson, who stars in the film

Rooster Teeth Productions has come up with the perfect film that boys and girls around the world can enjoy. The film was reportedly funded by crowdfunding, costing $2.5million to produce. Rooster Teeth fans know what to expect but I still find it a strong and good film. Co-founder of Rooster Teeth and online Web series Director Matt Hullum kicks on his first feature debut with Lazer Team.

Lazer Team is a sci-fi, comedy, and fantasy film and although it’s not laugh-out-loud funny, it’s still highly enjoyable. From the misspelled title, actors and production company, you really know what you’re getting yourself into.

The film starts off years before, when a military project searching for aliens receives a message from space. The military kept the message secret: that earth is not the only planet with living organisms and that the galaxy is a dangerous place. Keeping the public in the dark, the project start to train someone to become the Champion of Earth – a person so strong that they’ll save the planet from being destroyed and will be given alien artefacts (a suit of armour) that protect the earth from other aliens. The suit never made it to the Champion of Earth and is found by the four main characters in the film. Whoever wears the suit is deemed to become the Champion but in this case they become Champions… a.k.a Lazer Team.
I think the storyline has been done many times before, but I really enjoyed the film – it was witty, and the actors themselves gave themselves to the film. You can really nerd our with them!

This film takes obvious inspiration from 80s sci-fi films, with the Rooster Teeth influence and their unique skill set. The film has a cross between professional actors and the Rooster Teeth team, which made me more curious about the end product and I honestly enjoyed it more than I thought possible.

The first half of the film was good, even if it did feel a little bit rushed. It was funny with accidents and stupid fights but the ending did let it down as they could have done so much with it yet I felt a bit anti-climaxed. This seems to be a running theme within this genre recently with other viewers comparing it to pixels, just with lesser effects, and other people saying that the only people who enjoy this movie are the people who crowdfunded it. It was made for them, by them.

This film has so much potential to have a sequel and I would definitely go and see any other films in future!

I give this film a solid 3.5 out of 5.

Ellen Smith

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