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#43 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

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.

Tom Green as Thomas Lasky

Tom Green as Thomas Lasky

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.

Master Chief and a Hunter

Master Chief and a Hunter

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.

Hello.  My name is Master Chief.

Hello. My name is Master Chief.


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One thought on “#43 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

  1. I watched the movie a few weeks ago and absolutely loved the way they (the directors and camera men) filmed each character. Especially Tom Green as Lasky (the AUSTRALIAN… not Canadian!) Overall, the action only happens towards the end.

    Posted by Jess B | August 7, 2013, 5:56 pm

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