|Originaltitel:||Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 90 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Extras:||Featurettes, Vignettes, Trailer]|
Content: In a distant future, in which humans have long since settled other planets, a group of young cadets at the Corbula Military Academy is being prepared to fight insurgent rebels. These have sparked a civil war that has spread throughout the galaxy over time. Among them is also Thomas Lasky (Tom Green), whose mother and brother have cast an oversized shadow with their achievements in the civil war, from which Thomas can only step out with difficulty. Again and again he comes up against each other with superiors or the other cadets, can accept regulations and authorities only with difficulty. Only the recorded video messages of his brother and the affection of the young cadet Chyler (Anna Popplewell) give him the support he needs not to throw away his education. But all his doubts and personal problems fade into the background when Corbula is attacked by aliens. Only a small group of cadets around Thomas survives the brutal invasion. Led by a mysterious super soldier called Master Chief, this small group now has to make its way to security in order to win the war against the attackers...
With a budget of almost 8.5 million dollars, director Stewart Hendler was able to stage the Internet series "Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn" in the course of the publication of the fourth "Halo" video game. Here he tells the story of Thomas Lasky, one of the characters from "Halo 4". Especially at the beginning the whole thing reminds a little of a version of "Starship Troopers" that takes itself too seriously, without its satirical bite and excessive depiction of violence. Especially in the first half of the film, in which the training of the young cadets at the academy, the conflicts within this group and the individual characters, especially Lasky, are presented, the usual clichés rule. Thus, in spite of an attractive look, there is also a bit of boredom, which is only dispelled with the attack of the aliens.
Was the film not a prime example of originality even then, but it can compensate for this flaw with a decent level of tension and considerable action. Especially positive is the fact that the videogame filming can hardly be seen in the genre's comparatively small budget in many moments. Hendler and his team have really made the most of the money available to them in terms of computer effects, equipment and design. And also the almost completely unknown actors, apart from Anna Popplewell ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), do a very good job in view of the rather thin script and the clichéd dialogues.
"Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn" is certainly not a revelation, but at least it's a good sci-fi entertainment that lets you guess what a big "Halo" cinema adaptation could look like with the right budget. For those who don't expect the big litter, know a little about the "Halo" universe and just want to be entertained for 90 minutes, this prehistory to the video game can be recommended!
image + sound: The picture on the DVD is very clean, no image distortions or dirt can be detected. The color scheme sometimes seems a bit undercooled, which, however, fits well into the futuristic atmosphere of the movie. The picture sharpness is on a good level and also the contrasts underline the good overall impression. The sound is in a powerful Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which has some decent surround effects just in the last third. Good!
Extras: The DVD offers the fan more than 80 minutes of bonus material. It starts with thirteen short (each between 1:30 and 2 min.) pre-release vignettes in which the individual characters introduce themselves to the viewer in short video contributions. These are followed by a recruitment video of the Corbulo Academy of Military Sciences (approx. 2 min.). Much more worth seeing is the Behind the Scenes area. Here are ten featurettes with a total running time of over 55 minutes. Interested HALO fans will find a good making of (approx. 20 minutes), short documentaries about the design (approx. 4 minutes), the stunts (approx. 4 minutes), the suit of the Master Chief (approx. 4 minutes), the costumes (approx. 3:30 minutes) or about the special effects (approx. 3 minutes). In all these documentations it becomes clear how much the makers have tried to meet the demands of the HALO fans.
An amusing "Red vs. Blue PSA" (approx. 3 min.) and trailer complete the quite extensive additional offer. Worth seeing!
Fazit: "Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn" needs a little bit to get going. But then the film, originally conceived as a web series, turns out to be absolutely solid science fiction entertainment with some nice show values and good action sequences, which not only fans of the successful video game series can enjoy. Despite several clichés and a comparatively small budget, this SciFi adventure is well worth seeing and presents itself on DVD in good picture and sound quality and with well worth seeing extras. Recommended!
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