Far Cry Reviews
The whole thing is pretty by the books really, there's nothing new or exciting here, its just a simple fast food, drive by flick that was rushed out and has been totally lost in time never to return, but it is better than the rancid 'BloodRayne' flicks.
Jack Carver: I didn't say anything about being simple.
Ok, so this was another "film" from this generation's Ed Wood, Uwe Boll. This time he tackles the video game Far Cry. Nothing but laughs come out of this movie and not from the forced comedy injected into this movie. All of the entertainment came from the baffling choices this film makes, certainly showing that Boll will never grow as a filmmaker.
Based on what I know about the premise, this movie basically ditches everything except the idea of having a retired Special Forces guy shoot things on an island (which isn't tropical like the game, instead its Canada). So Til Schweiger (who was freaking awesome in Inglourious Basterds) is terribly placed here as the hero, Jack. He is a boat driver, who gives a lift to a reporter, played by Emmanuelle Vaugier, who needs to inspect the mysterious goings on of an island. This island is headed by Udo Kier's ridiculous scientist character, who is making super soldiers. Little does he know that blowing up Jack's boat was a big mistake, because now he has Special Forces all up his ass. Shoot, Shoot, Explosion, dialog, exposition, boat chase, comic relief, shoot, shoot, dead, credits.
I was initially intrigues because the two Uwe Boll films I have seen (House of the Dead and Bloodrayne) are at the very (very) least passably laughable, and looking at the trailer, this film looked like it could echo the joy from those. I was not mistaken in that respect, as this film was hilarious to watch with a friend, and using Netflix Watch Instantly certainly helped, however there's no denying that this movie failed on every possibly level.
Performances are terrible, story is ludicrous (even for a video game adaptation), the dialog ranges from lousy to punch that guy in the mouth, the action is poorly handled, etc.
To sum up: Complete crap.
Emilio: I'm just the food guy!
Valerie (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is a Vancouver newspaper reporter who has got a great lead on a story. Turns out Dr. Krieger (Udo Kier), your classic mad scientist, is running experiments on a nearby island and he has an armored guard. Our spunky heroine is determined to investigate. Her uncle Max (Ralf Moeller) is actually working for the mad doctor and having misgivings, which is why he tries to send Valerie classified info on the experiments. Dr. Krieger is bankrolled by the (Canadian?) government to develop genetically modified super soldiers. They have a layer of armor under their skin and the only foolproof way to kill the super soldiers is to shoot them in the eye or mouth. My best guess why is because they are both lead to the brain, but then why stop there? Why not shooting into ear and nose cavities? Anyway, the super soldiers won't take orders so the mad doctor and his mercenaries capture Max and turn him into the newest test subject. Valerie has chartered a boat to meet up with her uncle. The boat captain, Jack (Til Schweiger, who sounds like his voice was dubbed by an actor that could not widen is mouth to enunciate), just happens to be an old Special Forces buddy of Max's. This comes in handy when both Jack and Valerie are attacked once they reach the island. The duo must run for their lives and inflict much ass-kicking justice.
[i]Far Cry[/i] is a mediocre cliché-ridden action vehicle. You've got so many formula elements widely circulated in numerous other action flicks, and I'm not even talking about the standards like that the good guys are marksmen, the bad guys are terrible shots, and anyone can move unfazed if they get shot in the shoulder. We also have the fact that all evil hideouts, when not hewn into volcanic rock, must be located in giant warehouses with too many catwalks and chains and extraneous machinery that do little else but spit sparks when called upon. Jack also pulls the timeless tactic of stripping an enemy solider, putting on his uniform, and then infiltrating the enemy camp under a flawless disguise - a change in clothes. Let's not also forget the tried-and-true method of throwing a rock in a different direction to cause a distraction. I think at this point only dogs fall for that. By the thirty-minute point, we've already seen two separate shots of Jack swimming underwater while an explosion rages above the surface. Though the word has likely lost all meaning to Boll, I would describe that as excessive.
Another major cliché of action movies is the forced coupling between Jack and Valerie. It doesn't take long before their bickering leads to smooching, and in an alarmingly relaxes scene. Shortly after just escaping mercenaries and a helicopter explosion in a lake, Jack and Valerie find a shack nearby and tend to their wounds. She changes out of wet clothes and makes sure that he doesn't catch a peek (he does) and he dresses a flesh wound on his rippled abdomen. Eventually she crawls under the blankets on a bed to warm herself for the night. He does too, to stay warm of course. "I have to take off my wet pants, you know," he reasons (oldest trick in the book). But after they're in bed together they have to still talk about how cold they each are still, and then Jack suggests, "shared body heat," you know, just to stay dry. After what seems like forever, these two just give up this charade and start kissing and have them some sex. Naturally, the introduction of an attractive female character in an action movie is designed so that she can snuggle and then be put in danger. Valerie does little else to the story. I want to know why either of these two is acting so casual moments after they escaped fiery death? They know that they're still being hunted, and the shack is within walking distance from the crash site, which is being investigated by the mercenaries. For that matter, why do the bad guys call off each attack to search and confirm for kills? Are they that concerned with paperwork?
The movie feels like every generic moment rises from the shadow of other generic action movies. The final conflict between Jack and Max the Super Solider boils down to an appeal to the man inside the monster, trying to tap the humanity buried beneath the killing machine. You've seen this in countless other movies. Dr. Krieger has a dominatrix-esque second-in-command that has some personality to her; it must be hard to be a female henchwoman, having to be even more evil than the henchmen to prove her self. The initial plot setup even reminds me of Ed Wood's[i] Bride of the Monster[/i] -- girl reporter investigates mad scientist. The whole island-based setting, with the aquatic inclined stunts, led by a Central European action star, buddied up with a yammering idiot as a comic sidekick ? it oddly reminds me of the entirely forgettable 1998 Jean Claude Van-Damme movie, [i]Knock-Off[/i], with also had the misfortune of co-starring Rob Schneider. A knock-off of [i]Knock-Off[/i]? Well it is time for the tenth anniversary after all.
Boll stubbornly tries to make his mundane action movie into a comedy. The comic elements never fully gel with the rest of the film, and yet Boll keeps transforming the movie into this screwy action comedy. There's the bickering between Jack and Valerie, which is expected territory for the genre, but then the movie fills its time with excessive wisecracks, strange digressions, and so much comic relief that it fails to be relief (or comic). Chris Coppola chews as much scenery as possible as Emilio, the irritating, hapless sidekick to Jack. He's introduced at almost the hour mark and seems to be trying to make up for lost time in annoyance. He'll offer to help Jack fight but then recoil and scamper off. This is the kind of movie that has the overweight Coppola lovingly caress a sandwich and coo, "I've been thinking about you all day." Get it? He's fat. Fat people love food. But by far the funniest and weirdest aspect abut Far Cry is how unbelievably prepared Jack is for any situation. He hands Valerie a handcuff key from his pocket, which he always carried with him because, presumably, Jack lands in handcuffs often or cannot be trusted to remember his "safe word." But then late in the movie, Jack is handcuffed and he literally regurgitates ANOTHER handcuff key. This means that Jack keeps a key in his pocket and swallows a spare. Does he eat these daily? What else is hidden among his body? The man could be a human Swiss army knife.
No one ever seems to question what the chances are that a German former Special Forces agent will work at a Canadian lab, within reach of his Canadian niece ace reporter, who will charter a boat from another German former Special Forces agent who also happens to be within reach of this lab. I guess when you've got invincible super soldiers you don't sweat the details.
Despite all its flaws and general laziness,[i] Far Cry[/i] is a semi-decent action movie, especially one with a low budget. Boll manages to construct some passing action sequences with respectable camerawork, and the end battles between our heroes and the Super Soldiers is actually well-edited, with sharp cuts that help ratchet up the energy level, and has plenty of good stunt work. A chase through the nondescript warehouse between Jack and a super soldier actually makes use of some spiffy Parkour choreography, a welcomed addition. The forced comedy can actually succeed at times during the action, like when Valerie is hurling grenades with the pins still attached or when she accidentally lassos a helicopter with a harpoon gun (Dr. Krieger scolds her, "You know, you owe me a helicopter.").
In the pantheon of Boll movies, [i]Far Cry[/i] lands more toward the top. It's a middling action movie that tries too hard to constantly inject misguided humor into every freaking minute. The movie suffers from the same boneheaded flaws that plague the action movie genre, but by the end of its admittedly brief running time, Boll has pulled off a minor success. [i]Far Cry[/i] is not a good movie and has too many derivative and unimaginative elements, but Boll seems to have cranked this one out. While [i]Far Cry [/i]is not a particularly good action movie, it is relatively indecipherable from the thousands of other cheap mediocre action movies that pollute the direct-to-DVD market. He's made an easily digestible product that isn't even bad enough or weird enough to be memorable. To him that's victory, but to me, an avid Boll expert, that's just plain boring.
Nate's Grade: C-[/color][/font]
It's a late entry, but Far Cry manages to sink to the very bottom as the worst movie I've seen in 2010.
Directors have to start giving more credit to the video games themselves. I have yet to see a movie based on the video game that sticks to the script of the game. Directors are under ustimating the audience and usally dumb it down.