Bright: within its own mythology, David Ayer’s action film goes from a buddy-cop story to an apocalyptic villain with no elegance or effectiveness whatsoever. The comments on racism, which could have potential in the exploration of a world such as the one put together by screenwriter Max Landis, is instead shallow and lacking any subtlety. In short, the story tries to do too much and accomplishes next to nothing. Add to that a weak villain, an unsympathetic protagonist and generic supporting characters. Will Smith is tasked with an annoying, thankless role; Noomi Rapace may look the part, but she is typically wooden, unconvincing; Joel Edgerton is buried under a mountain of make-up, but makes good use of his voice. The make-up is well-done, but makes it hard to distinguish one character from the other (not much of an issue, considering the characters in question). Roman Vasyanov’s images are murky, dark; the action is non-descript and hard to follow, partly due to the darkness, partly due to the choreography.