Lazer Team starts decades ago, where the United States government recives a signal from a friendly alien race telling them an aggressive race of aliens known as the Worg are on a mission to destory any weak planets. The friendly aliens promise that a suit of un-imaginable power will arrive in 30 years. The suit is designed to one man, Adam (Alan Ritchson), who is trained from birth to be the "Champion of Earth". Meanwhile, four idiots accidentally intercept the alien suit and each put on a piece of the armour Forced to train to defeat the evil Worg, the self-dubbed "Lazer Team" must save the world, without killing each other... somehow.
The titular heros all are suprisingly fantastic. There's Hagen (Burnie Burns), an awful cop and loving father. Zach (Michael Jones), a hot shot football player who's main goal in life is to sleep with Hagen's daughter, Mindy (Alexandria DeBerry). Woody (Gavin Free), a mentally handicapped waterboy that can't find his way. And Herman (Colton Dunn), a former football star turned drunk after Hagen ruined his career. This cast of idiots are amazing, playing off each other to perfection. They're not necessarily great actors, but their wit, delivery and self-awareness shine. The standouts are Jones and Dunn. Colton Dunn and Alan Ritchson are not Rooster Teeth employees, yet they feel so natural around the gang. They feel like they've been friends with the cast for as many years as everyone else.
To balance the cheese, there are a few legitimately effective scenes of drama. For example, Alan Ritchson is a very serious character. He was raised to do one thing and it's taken from him. It's quite tragic, and his slow steps towards appreciating the Lazer Team is subtle and, honestly, hartwarming. The payoff to his character is definitely a highlight of the film. The drama between some members of the team is also handled well. While the hatred that Hagen has towards Zach is mostly played for jokes, Hagen's incident that costed Herman his career is a big and effective emotional push the film reallt needed towards its finale. There's also a subtle scene in the beginning where Woody gets bullied by military and it's sad as Hagen begs for his mercy because he's mentally handicapped, which makes him becoming a super genius so much more satisfying.
Lazer Team is not a perfect movie, by any stretch of the imagination. Most of the CGI is outstanding, but there's one scene involving a group of aliens that have close up shots and they, admittedly, look bad. They look like a last-gen video game cutscene. The big bad villian of the movie looks pretty odd, also. Its design is almost half cat-half Orc from Lord of the Rings. It looked like an old power ranger villian. I honestly couldn't tell if it was practical make-up or CGI. Also, the editing during action is noticeably amature, but its not a huge problem. It has quick cuts and can get a bit jittery, especially in a car chase sequence early on that didn't impress me that much on a technical scale.