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Plot: 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. Runtime: mins Release Date: 31 Dec 2011
This Is How The Halo Movie Should Be Made (by zack_wall)
A few months ago when the first trailer came out for the web series, "Forward Unto Dawn", I was beside myself with excitement. I watched the trailer an easy 5-10 times, and then periodically checked back to view it again, in case I missed something the first time around. I've been a fan of the Halo series since day one of Halo C.E., and it's been really disappointing to not have a Halo movie I can feel proud of. Since high school, I've followed the hype surrounding the script writing and screenplay mock-ups of a potential Halo film, but they never panned out into <more>
anything real. Then, Microsoft and 343 Industries teamed up to create Forward Unto Dawn, and the hype surrounding a Halo movie returned. Only this time it wasn't going to be a movie, but a web series instead. And when it debuted on October 5th, I was one of the few to see it when it was only at 5k views hipster moment . It was everything I expected and more. Superb acting, gorgeous visuals, a beautiful soundtrack, and the promise to deliver more and more in future episodes. Friday has always been my favorite day of the week, but now I have a reason to love it. Each episode debuts on a Friday, which means all my calls will be held, pizza will be delivered to my couch, and nothing is more important than those 20 minutes of Halo action. No feature length movie just yet? Well, this is the next best thing. If you call yourself a fan of the game, you...will...watch...this. Oh, and before I forget...Axios!!
Well, since I am another halo fan playing since CE on my pc many years ago, like all the other halo fans, i have been salivating at the prospect of a halo movie. Shows like Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica the remake have shown us that high caliber special effects and great acting can go hand in hand on the small screen. The first two eps of Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn live up to that expectation.This web series is tight - even though each is the equivalent of a half hour of live TV less the commercials we already have excellent character development, and a <more>
sense of what is going on in the timeframe of the series. Acting is taught, tension is palpable, and the editing, sound and effects are crisp and clean. This is not a small budget web series, most of the actors have deep big screen and small screen resumes, and are highly recognizable. It's filmed in big screen movie quality film, and it shows.The series gives an excellent indication of what direction a halo movie series can achieve, if ever undertaken. At the same time, one becomes aware that if the Halo books ever make it to the big screen, it would be best to avoid what they did with movies such as Master and Commander - where they tried to squeeze multiple books into one movie, with undesirable results. Halo will take several movies at a minimum, to depict its storyline, but as well done as this web series, the fans will rejoice and reward.Obviously, most viewers will be halo fans, but if you need an intro to the halo universe, this web series is an excellent start.So 10 out of 10 from me for exceeding my expectations on quality in all respects. Thank you for not doing a cheapy production, but going the full monty, and commencing some Halo precursors in high quality.
An superb standalone series. (by augustomillevolte-518-456122)
As a lifelong Halo fan, be it books or games, I am not disappointed. The 10/10 is not for it being Halo, but for it being an amazing standalone series in its own right. 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 <more>
truly magnificent, and I am excited for what the undoubted success of this series will bring the rest of the Halo universe.
I'm aware enough of the Halo Universe to pick up on most of the references in the series, but beyond the fact that it provides an excellent live action piece of an excellent game series, it's simply a great piece of storytelling all it's own.The people reviewing this saying it's 'boring for the first 55 minutes' or 'cheap and generic' must be expecting heavy action and constant explosions. And those people will never be satisfied with character pieces, which this most certainly relies heavily upon.The arc of the characters is phenomenal, and their trepidations <more>
about becoming soldiers are real and extremely pertinent to the teens of today.This series manages to fulfill Halo fans expectations of a glimpse into the universe they love, as well as provide new fans with relatable, intensely realistic characters that allow new viewers to experience this universe for themselves, along with the characters.Definitely worth a watch. That is unless you're looking for non-stop action, explosions and witty one liners said by Master Chief. At which point, don't bother, because this is so much more than that.
Well i was VERY surprised, i had heard nothing about it and when i noticed it was live action, i face palmed myself and said this is going to be awful with terrible CGI aliens and it will make me cry but having watched every game related film i thought why not?Well i will say that the first half is a little slow but not that bad - this i suppose is the less violent Halo version of Full Metal Jacket in which you follow a group of cadets through their training, just as our "hero" has found a way out of the Corp that he detests aliens attack, and this is were it really kicks off, and <more>
guess what the CGI is excellent and i was so happy to see the Covenant bad alien dudes with cool ass light sabres in their full real-life HD glory.We now swing into a full action flick and for Halo lovers this was brilliant all the law was followed to the T and again i need to say how much i loved the CGI. All the units were brilliant and although the action half is quite short it is very enjoyable. For a none Halo fan this is a 7-7.5 action movies, for fans of the franchise 9, really good watch and i may go as far as saying one of the best if not the best game to film film.
This just blew my expectations away! The beginning can seem abit long without anything happening for some, but i did'nt mind because i did'nt had much high expectations since so many game-to-movie had failed so much, but this one... Let me just say if they made it to a series to buy on DVD i will buy them all. If this was ever made into a longer series it would fill up a big hole everyone is missing since star trek or battlestar galactica like series, witch no one has dared to make in long time - too long if you ask me. And the fact that Halo game series has so many fans would only <more>
strengthen the making of a longer series if they keep up the quality of this.
Not a bad introduction to the Halo universe (by zindzijade)
As a fan of all things sci-fi, I was really eager to see what a live- action representation of the hallowed game would look like. After seeing this, I am motivated to buy my first ever Halo game and start playing. I would have given it a 10/10 but for the constant slo-mo which I believe was used due to the brief nature of the series. Very good acting, conveying so much emotion and some pretty good action scenes for a 15- minute webisode. I was very impressed with this and as a Halo novice, I am now so intrigued by the series that I want to play it more than I ever wanted to plan any other <more>
game! I put this up there with some of my other favourite shows, Battlestar Galactica the remake and Stargate Universe. This was very well done.
Good movie I really liked it and was really getting into it and then it ends bummer. Great action sequences and visually very good and great use of colors and slow motion. The soldiers were awesome. Did a pretty good job setting up the cast and their roles in the movie. Left me with more questions and wanting to watch more of it. The aliens were pretty freaking cool also with nice use of suspense. And really cool weapons and the use of cloaking. I almost had the inclination to go buy the movie until I realized it was only like an hour long too bad. I just wish it was a 2 hour full length <more>
movie!! Never played HALO but I might now!! Just might have to go buy an XBOX to play this since I only own a PS3.
I confess first off I have never played Halo. I know it's rough story, and after seeing this I still can't help but be reminded of Starship Troopers. That said, this was an excellent film. The pacing was tight, and it perfectly kept the creatures in "the dark" without giving away too much until the triumphant reveal. The introduction to the characters, and the actors themselves, did a good job. There will be no Oscars handed out, but at no time was I pulled out of the story by campy acting or badly delivered dialogue. The story was straightforward with little guesswork as to <more>
how things were going to end, but the great pacing and editing draws you in. Unlike many low budget films that waste time eating up minutes to reach "feature length", and skimp on establishing a budget hoping something else will redeem the movie like t & a , this film immediately felt like an old school FILM! Nothing felt wasted, and even though you could tell they didn't have a big budget, they made everything work around that. This movie used it's effects, to be repetitive, to great effect. And that's what effects are supposed to do, they are supposed to move the story along, not be it's centerpiece. And they are actually quiet good, and do not distract from the story even when you can tell it's CG or a physical effect. Low budget shouldn't mean low quality, and this movie is representative of this. There are a few nods to the game series I could at least figure most of them out, and it didn't make me feel like I was missing out on anything. A good story should do that . I highly recommend it!