Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
"Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn" may have had a goal of broadening the audience beyond gamers, but the film is so close to watching a video game for the second action-filled half and the set-up so pedestrian that I don't see non-gamers becoming fans.
Audience Reviews for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
A YouTube series, and clearly not working on a Hollywood budget, this is BY FAR one of the best game to film crossovers I've seen. If you're a Halo fan, a must watch.
With the vast array of disappointing video games to movie adaptations, "Halo 4 Forward Unto Dawn" breathes some life into the genre, showing that movies based off of video games can be entertaining enough. A UNSC marine has to find himself while training to fight the covenant, all while discovering the dangers that lie in space. Through nights of training and a devastating attack on base, Lasky will have to find what it truly means to be a good soldier. Although I don't have a lot to say about this movie, let's just say this is a solid video game to film adaptation. Ultimately, it feels like one giant video game with a mediocre plot, so although entertaining, not completely detailed. Let me just say that the action and the mystery is the most exciting part about this film. The first half, albeit functional, doesn't do much for the overall story. In an attempt to build up their characters and create a meaningful story, they end up with underdeveloped characters and a lackluster turn of events. However as time progresses, the mystery starts to arise about the kind of threat that may be lurking out in space. By the time the second half hits, all hell breaks loose and the video game mayhem comes out. The action was my favorite part of this movie, despite that not being my primary goal when watching films. Considering this had a lower budget then most feature films, I actually really liked the visuals. There was an overabundant use of slow motion at times, but the visual editors did a great job here. All of the bullets, the colors, the CGI, and environment looked amazing. Like I said, the story definitely lacked here. Nothing was too original or interesting, despite there being a fun little mystery for the marines at hand. The writing isn't bad by any means, but it's not necessarily great either. It's mainly the effort and the little aspects that I liked most about this movie. From the sound effects, to the props, the visual imagery, I was a fan of all of it. It felt like I was watching the Halo universe play out, something I loved as a kid. Like I said, the movie's imperfect, but you take when you can get. In the end, for being a short little web series, I felt they did a lot of good things here. You can watch this on Netflix for some mindless entertainment or if you're a big Halo fan. Either way, it garnered itself a fresh rating.
The story of Halo begins at dawn. Great Movie! As far as Sci-Fi goes this is top notch material and I would love it without the history the Halo universe and myself already have. The acting is great, the story is great, the special effects? I'm sure you can guess. The overall production value of this is extraordinary and I am very confused as to why it has not reached a wider audience. I am thrilled that Microsoft and 343 put the time and effort in to create something truly magnificent, and I am excited for what the undoubted success of this series will bring the rest of the Halo universe. In 2525, as mankind has begun to colonise space, a group of cadets are training to fight against human insurrectionists. One of these cadets, Thomas Lasky, has doubts about his abilities as a soldier and his convictions for this war. Whilst he struggles with himself, the planet is invaded by an unknown alien race. Reeling under the assault, Lasky and his squad mates are rescued by John-117, one of the UNSC's legendary SPARTAN-II super-soldiers. John must inspire Lasky to fulfill his potential as a soldier and a leader to fight against an enemy deadlier than any that humanity has faced before.
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