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Netflix gets epic with Will Smith's fantasy-action thriller 'Bright,' but the result is less than thrilling

Netflix gets epic with Will Smith's fantasy-action thriller 'Bright,' but the result is less than thrilling

According to some industry reports, Netflix spent over $90 million on its action-fantasy “Bright” — a bargain for a blockbuster, but a huge chunk of change for a film that will barely receive a theatrical release. So strictly from a showbiz perspective, “Bright” is already one of 2017’s most fascinating films, if only because it shows just how much subscription streaming services will spend on splashy original content in order to become an essential part of a media consumer’s diet.

As a piece of entertainment, though? “Bright” is only interesting for how confused it appears to be in regard to its potential audience. Screenwriter Max Landis and director David Ayer have taken a...

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