Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn [Blu-ray]
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There are a lot of little nods and references to Halo backstory for nerds like me who have read all the books (multiple times), played all the games (even more times) and know way too much about Halo in general. That being said, it is also very accessible for newcomers.
Buy this or suffer the consequences of not knowing what awesome is!!!
Long story short, buy it and watch it. A great flick and kudos to those that made it.
1) There is a 4-minute pre-opening credits scene that shows the incoming freshman cadets Lasky, Vickers, Sully, Chen, Silva, Tchakova and upperclassman Orenski either getting their heads shaved and/or delivering brief speeches regarding their purposes for joining CAMS. The scene is juxtaposed with various training montages and shots of CAMS & UNSC military personnel.
2) The opening/closing credits are longer.
3) There is an approximately 4-minute blooper reel following the end credits.
And that's it! Unfortunately, no added action scenes, gore, or extended clips of Master Chief. If you've watched the webisodes, then you've watched the majority of the movie.
I've never been much of a Halo gaming fan, although I have always found the mythology fascinating. I had high hopes for a Halo movie when Neill Blomkamp first directed the Halo 3: Landfall shorts. FUD gives us a taste of what we can look forward to and I hope Microsoft acts quickly. With the new Star Wars trilogy slated to be released in 2015+, perhaps there will be renewed demand for sci-fi movies.
Despite its low budget, FUD has high production values and good CGI. Battlestar Galactica veterans like Mike Dopud (Specialist Gage) and Ty Olsson (Captain Kelly) make appearances as the superintendent of CAMS and an older Lasky, respectively. The plotline is Starship Trooper-esque (the movie, not the book) formulaic. Young group of cadets enroll in military academy, with certain fortuitous events occurring just before the main character decides to abandon his promising military career.Read more ›
This film is non-rated, but PG-13 is a pretty good guess. It contains a good deal of violence, though rather non-gory (some blood but mostly just explosions), a few profanities including the sexual d-word (though not used sexually), and one brief scene with a female cadet wearing only a bra (non-revealing) and a towel.
Halo fans, do yourselves a HUGE favor and buy this.
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