Middle Earth Shadow Of Mordor Live Action Short Film Is The Best Adventure Since The Original Lord Of The Rings Trilogy [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Sep 15, 2014 10:34 AM EDT

We are just about two weeks ago from the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on next gen and PC systems. In anticipation of the game, WB Games and Monolith, with the help of Corridor Digital, created a seven minute live-action short film set within the world.

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The short is kind of fantastic. The special effects are minimal, utilized only for some of Talion's wraith abilities. The video follows a group of orcs, all of whom are live action, non-CGI enhanced actors (unlike a certain other Middle Earth themed film hitting this holiday season). The orcs have the unfortunate luck to run across Wraith-infused Talion, who proceeds to possess one using the power of Celebrimbor and lay waste to the whole filthy lot of them.

While the film has its share of glaring oddities; for instance, Talion's hair is comically bad, the story and technical prowess on display is on the level of Hollywood blockbusters. The action scenes are alive and visceral, on par with Aragorn taking on everything in the original trilogy, are far above anything you might find in another fan film.

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Which does make sense, since the short is officially licensed by the developers. It is amazing what you can do with a budget and a seasoned fight choreographer.

High quality Youtube videos worth watching are shockingly hard to find on the site. The Shadow of Mordor is well worth the seven minutes of your time. Hey, didn't you watch The Desolation of Smaug three times? You could have watched this expertly done short film 80 times!

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor comes out for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on September 30. The game arrives for Xbox 360 and PS3 on November 18.

Watch The Shadow Of Mordor below!

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