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Far Cry (2009)

Til Schweiger , Udo Kier , Uwe Boll  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Til Schweiger, Udo Kier, Emmanuelle Vaugier
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002IW8V2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Far Cry" on IMDb

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Jack Carver, a retired special forces officer, escorts photojournalist, Val, to photograph old Japanese WW2 bases on some of the Micronesian islands. He goes through hell when his boat is attacked and destroyed by an unknown party while Val is abducted away. Surviving by the skin of his teeth, he must now find Val and uncover what is truly happening on these dark and mysterious islands.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Carver's island escapade . . . September 5, 2010
Far Cry (2008) is based on a video game of the same name, and is a low on logic, high on action type adventure. Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) is Jack Carver, an ex-special operations soldier, who now runs a charter boat, somewhere in the northern pacific area. Seattle based journalist Valerie Cardinal (Emmanuelle Vaugier) hires Jack to take her to an island where she plans to meet with her uncle Max Cardinal (Ralf Moeller). Max, an old friend of Carver, is working at a secret facility on the island, run by Dr. Lucas Krieger (Udo Kier), who is trying to develop some kind of super soldier. Carver takes Valerie to the island, but armed mercenaries commanded by Katja Chernov (Natalia Avelon), capture Valerie and destroy his boat. Carver strikes back boldly, rescuing Valerie, and then escaping in a wild chase that ends with a helicopter crashing into the water with Carver's vehicle attached.

A fantasy not meant to be taken seriously, the strength of the film is definitely the action and fighting scenes. The tightly executed initial chase is probably the action highlight of the film, and features good interaction between Schweiger and Vaugier. To add a few laughs, Carver is later teamed up with Emilo (Chris Coppola), "the food guy", for a nicely done boat chase sequence. The big finish is an extended fight in the facility, that has some good moments. Til Schweiger is quite good as the tough, brooding, silent type, but the attempts at humor fall a little flat most times.

Creation of an ultimate fighting machine has been done before (Universal Soldier comes to mind), and featuring white skinned ubersoldiers, Far Cry is just not that interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Awful Adaptation of a Story with Potential March 22, 2010
By Compay
Having played Far Cry and enjoyed the game's story, I had high expectations of this movie. Unfortunately, the writers didn't stay true to the original story, and the directing was below average at best.

This is the first film that I've seen by Director Uwe Boll, who apparently is a magnetic for criticism. So while I know virtually nothing about his past work, I do know that Far Cry came off as something shot for cable TV.

As far as the story, I was incredibly disappointed with the changes made to the original. Changing the setting from a South Pacific Island chain to the coast of Canada was the first mistake. It's bizarre that they make a point to keep Jack Carver in the same tropical shirt as the game, but in chilly Canada instead of the tropics. While Carver is portrayed by the experienced Til Schweiger, it makes absolutely no sense that the character was rewritten as a German soldier.

Emmanuelle Vaugier is exceptionally hot as Valerie Cardinal, but that does little to redeem the character being rewritten as a journalist instead of a secret agent. The biggest shame is that there are no Trigens in the film, only bulletproof mutant soldiers that look like seasick versions of the Incredible Hulk.

I'd hardly consider this film even worth a rental. If you're like me, and you enjoyed playing the original Far Cry game, you will more than likely dislike this movie. Which is a real shame, because the original story had so much potential.
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It says a lot about director Uwe Boll's infamy that his adaptation of a video game as popular as Far Cry remains as obscure as it does, to the point that three years after its release, the DVD only has nine reviews on this website - ten, if you count mine. Having been burned just a few times too many, most viewers just don't seem to bother with his output anymore. It's a bit of a shame, since this is technically one of his better movies. It's still a flawed translation - turning the "Far Cry" franchise into Universal Soldier on an island - but it's predominantly just a fairly inoffensive action movie. It's boring, sure, but even that's an improvement for Dr. Boll.

The story: ex-special forces soldier Jack Carver (Til Schweiger, Inglourious Basterds) ferries journalist Valerie Cardinal (Emmanuelle Vaugier, CSI: NY) to a Canadian island in pursuit of a story that will lead them to discover the genetic experiments of a nefarious scientist (Udo Kier, Blade).

I won't go on too much about the film's unfaithfulness to its source material, since the basic premise is surprisingly similar for a Boll flick, but just don't expect any mutated monsters -just pale soldiers with black eyes and super strength.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Cry July 10, 2010
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This is an awesome movie based on one of my most favorite video games, Far Cry. It has good action, some humor, and it sticks pretty true to the original plot of the game. Overall, it is a fun, lighthearted B-movie.

PLOT: Former German special forces operator turned tour boat contractor Jack Carver is hired by journalist Valerie Cardinal to transport her to an island. Her contact has been feeding her information about a scientist named Dr. Krieger who is supposedly performing genetic experiments on humans. Upon arrival Valerie is captured and Jack's boat blown up. Now stranded, they must find a way to escape while fighting off mercenaries and Krieger's greatest creation: genetically modified superhuman soldiers.

RANT: I had never even heard of Uwe Boll before I was deciding wether or not to buy this movie. I looked around the internet and this guy seems to get a lot of crap from raging fanboys. Apparently he is hated because he takes video games and turns them into crap movies. I haven't seen any of his other video game movies so I can't say if they are truly as bad as people claim. He makes B-movies and you have to adjust your expectations when viewing these as they aren't supposed to be box office hits and are generally low budget.

Far Cry is a great B-movie so I gave it five stars because it is highly entertaining and deserves at least three stars. I'm still pleasantly surprised that a Far Cry movie was even made at all. Fans of the game should appreciate Boll's attempt at turning their game into a movie. Wether you think that attempt was a good one or a bad one is up to you. Watch it and judge for yourself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars P.O.S.
Bought the movie as a gag gift because it's so bad. Understand though that I dislike the movie and that's why I gave it a one star rating.
Published 5 months ago by trident60
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a B movie, but not that bad of a movie.
Yes, this wasn't the greatest movie ever made, but it was different, and while it did not look the same as the video game, they did a good job with making it what became of it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Garrett Yarbrough
1.0 out of 5 stars I Far Cried
You know what's even worse than an Uwe Boll movie? An Uwe Boll movie where he tries to do COMEDY.

And unfortunately that is what Boll did in "Far Cry," yet another loose... Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars CLONE WARS
Published 15 months ago by Ahmad R.R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot describe the quality...
Uwe Boll...
What can we say about Uwe Boll? "House of the Dead" was one of the worst, darkest, most shameful moments in cinematic history. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael Sekac
1.0 out of 5 stars far cry movie garbage
DO NOT BUY THIS GARBAGE. I am a big fan of the Far Cry games but this movie is crap. Plus the only way they are gonna make any money off this movie is by sueing people. Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Gabriel N. Plastino
3.0 out of 5 stars Farcry
Good actioner,i was never bored from it. The acting and special effects are what you would expect from a movie like this. Read more
Published on March 12, 2010 by William Burts
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever
I watched this because I am a big fan of the game. I just had to watch this, even though I had no expectations. Someone in reviews said that movies and games don't match. Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by I.T. Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Computer games and movies don`t mix
I didn`t expect much from this film, and I was right. The story and plot are not very good and the acting was so-so at best.
Even a little on the poor side for a B movie. Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by M. Shepherd
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