Some are born to (or trained from birth for) greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them (or accidentally shoot it out of the sky with fireworks).
“Lazer Team” concerns the latter, four doofs who have to save the world after they happen to get their hands on a weapon that was meant for someone else.
Turns out that not only do we know we are not alone in the universe, but that we have been prepping for invasion for some time. An alien species says they will provide a Suit of Power (their words, not mine) that will give humans a fighting chance against attack by a more hostile species. The government trains a man named Adam (Alan Ritchson) from birth, expecting the Suit to arrive when he becomes an adult. Which it does.
Except Hagan, a small town sherrif (“Team” co-writer Burnie Burns), his doofus pal Woody (Gavin Free), a teenage football player named Zach (Michael Jones) who happens to be dating Hagan’s daughter (Allie DeBerry) and Hagan’s old football buddy Herman (Colton Dunn) accidentally intercept the Suit when they are playing with fireworks. You can see where this is going: each idiot gets a piece of the suit grafted to his body and must work together to stop the baddies.
Drawing from such buddy/team movies as “Mighty Ducks” and referencing everything from “Friday Night Lights” to “Ghostbusters” to “Independence Day,” “Lazer Team,” the first live-action flick by th Austin-based online content creators Rooster Teeth (they of “Red vs. Blue” fame) raised $2.4 million via an Indiegogo campaign, and much of that, I have heard tell, went to effects and the rock-solid orchestral score.
Directed by Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum, “Lazer Team” is, when all is said and done, not as much about alien invasion as it is about gaming, both video and otherwise — the camaraderie, the inner logic, the teamwork, the lowbrow jokes passed between pals. Rooster Teeth devotees will likely devour it.
“Lazer Team” screens again 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.