Lazer Team is a 2015 American science fiction action comedy film directed, produced, and co-written by Matt Hullum. The first feature film produced by Rooster Teeth, it stars Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Colton Dunn, Allie DeBerry, and Alan Ritchson. The film follows the Lazer Team, a group of four who find themselves responsible for the fate of the planet upon discovering an alien crash site containing a battle suit.
Lazer Team is produced by Hullum, Burns, and Doreen Copeland. Burns and Hullum also co-wrote the script, alongside Rooster Teeth employees Chris Demarais and Josh Flanagan. Funding for the film was largely raised through a successful Indiegogo campaign, raising over $2.4 million in a month. Filming began in October 2014, with principal photography taking place in Austin and New Mexico. Lazer Team premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 24, 2015, and was released theatrically on January 27, 2016. As of February 10, 2016, the film is also available on YouTube Red.
In 1977, the government has secretly decoded a transmission, sent by the alien Antareans, which says that a deadly race known as the Worg are coming to destroy Earth. To help defend Earth, the Antareans have sent a powerful battle suit for the “Champion of Earth” to wear. The government begins training Adam (Alan Ritchson) from birth to be the Champion, naming the endeavor Project Perseus after the Greek mythological figure who fought using gifts from the gods.
38 years later, Officer Hagan (Burnie Burns) is called to a party where Zach (Michael Jones) is causing trouble and where he runs into his daughter and Zach’s girlfriend, Mindy (Allie DeBerry). After tasing Zach, Hagan drives him away, only to find Woody (Gavin Free) and Herman (Colton Dunn) shooting unauthorized fireworks. Herman defiantly launches a massive rocket. The firework strikes the incoming UFO and causes it to crash nearby.
The UFO opens to reveal the battle suit, and the four men each take a piece of it. The suit activates when all four pieces are worn, and each piece becomes irreversibly attached and genetically locked to its wearer. Zach discovers that his arm-cannon can shoot energy projectiles, Hagan’s gauntlet can create an energy field, Woody’s helmet increases his intelligence over time and has a host of other functions, and Herman’s boots can make him run at superhuman speeds (taxing Herman as if he were doing all the running himself, and often causing him to vomit from exhaustion). The UFO displays a holographic recording by an Antarean, saying that “confict is coming.” The military shows up and apprehends the group. Angry that their preparations have been jeopardized and that Zach has posted a selfie with the suit (calling the four “Lazer Team”), Colonel Emory (Steve Shearer) gives Adam orders to train them in only four days, after which time the Worg are scheduled to arrive. As expected, the training goes horribly. Meanwhile, a group of soldiers is possessed by small robotic insects sent by the Worg, and begins to hunt down Lazer Team with advanced handheld weapons. They show up at Hagan’s house and possess Mindy.