YT description: Born of Hope is an independent feature film inspired by the Lord of the Rings and produced by Actors at Work Productions in the UK.
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A scattered people, the descendants of storied sea kings of the ancient West, struggle to survive in a lonely wilderness as a dark force relentlessly bends its will toward their destruction. Yet amidst these valiant, desperate people, hope remains. A royal house endures unbroken from father to son.
This 70 minute original drama is set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by only a couple of paragraphs written by Tolkien in the appendices of the Lord of the Rings we follow Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history.
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Born Of Hope directed by Kate Madison – (2009) 5 stars
Run time: 1 hour, 11 minutes. I started watching this movie some time ago, but at that moment I was looking for something with more action and special effects. I’ve come back to it now while taking it in as a drama, which it more closely represents. The big problem is that it is under the Lord Of The Rings banner. Most people will want to see it as a clone of the popular Hobbit movies, instead of as a medium budget fan film. As a fan film, I can forgive some of the roughly sequenced fight scenes, the limited number of actors when presenting a large battle, and the main premise of this movie as a, yuck, medieval romance. I mean, the last thing I want to see in a box office LOTR movie is the overused plot device of a love triangle between the hero, who is oblivious and dumb to the dark-haired heroine fighting at his side, and who becomes smitten with a stocky blonde who can’t really swing a sword, but she can, amazingly pick up a long sword with one hand. (That’s a big fail, by the way. Those things are heavy! That’s why they’re two-handed weapons!) Anyway, the smirky Arathorn is fine for the lead, and his blonde love interest is attractive in a motherly, pillar of the community sort of way. The secondary and contrived romance between two of the supporting characters was a waste of time. Past that, the director and actors did a very good job in presenting a more or less realistic view of life among warrior clans, based on what I’ve learned of them. Normally, there is a lot more infighting and competition for marriages, but the scope here was very narrow with a backdrop of looming threats and approaching Shit Hits The Fan portending doom. This is a great movie for a fan film.