Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
This film began life as a series of webisodes, brief mini-movies published on the internet, which were later stitched together to create a feature-length film. Occasionally this structure shows in the pacing and flow of the film, but we’re not here because this was ever going to be a great film. We’re here to see the big guy, Master Chief. The basic structure of Forward Unto Dawn is that of a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story. War is raging and Thomas Lasky, played by Tom Green(no, not the comedian), is at an elite training academy. The first several acts of the film are basically a boot camp story. Failure, success, love and hate. Nothing new here, even with the science fiction setting.
Things get really going when the academy comes under attack. The war that Lasky and the other cadets are training for is against insurrectionists, humans. However, the academy is attacked by non-human forces. The Covenant. All the favorites from the game are here: Grunts, Elites, Jackals, etc.
Ultimately Forward Unto Dawn isn’t about the story or the start of a franchise of movies. It’s about getting to see Master Chief kick some butt. And this film delivers. It’s on Netflix, so if you’ve played the video game block out an hour and a half for a film that’s predictable but fun.