I reviewed the first film in the Mythica series, Mythica: A Quest for Heroes, and was interested to see if I could pick up the story again after a long hiatus. I needn’t have worried as the story progresses easily and we are swept up into a new adventure with the original travellers,
Mythica: The Darkspore continues where A Quest For Heroes left off. Marek, Teela, Thane and Dagen have just escaped the ogre’s cave, and are deciding what to do next. They are all called back into action when Gojun Pye appears to Marek and warns her that an evil necromancer named Szorlok, and his apprentice Kishkumen, are searching for the four pieces of the Darkspore.
Marek gathers her team once again and tries to beat Kishkumen and his army of orcs to the underground city that houses the relic. Necromancers and orcs aren’t the only thing they face however, to keep the lands safe from Szorlok’s sinister plans.
Joined by the brooding Qole, a dark elf, the team heads off. Meanwhile, Marek is also fighting an internal battle, and the temptation to use her magic for selfish means. The only question is will she be able to control her power, when the time comes and she is tested?
I enjoyed this film as much as the first with one criticism: there was an amount of language that was totally out of period. I found it jarring.
Kevin Sorbo makes a brief appearance, so it is up to the other four characters to carry the film, particularly Melanie Stone as Marek. Her performance is solid and consistent as the troubled heroine who has to make life-changing decisions regarding her powers.
Adam Johnson (Thane) and Jake Stormoen (Dagen) provide solid romantic and comic side plots which never detract from the main plot. They are joined by a new character Qole (Rocky Myers) a dark elf, with a body to envy. His darkness matches Marek’s well and their scenes are memorable.
As with the first film, the cinematography and the musical score are excellent, adding depth to the finished product. I was impressed with the quality for a low budget film.
If you enjoyed Mythica: A Quest for Heroes then see Mythica: The Darkspore. You won’t be disappointed!
Reviewed by Barry Hill
Rating out of 10: 8
Mythica: The Darkspore will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from 7 September 2016.