HALO NIGHTFALL | REVIEW & BLU RAY GIVEAWAY

Movies from computer games, they should be awesome, those graphic parts you watch when playing the games are now so high definition they are getting close to movies without people. Animated movies that look like real movies with action and high intensity everything from another level. I look back at the long list of movies made from computer games and the majority of the list is quite a disappointing reflection on half-arsed cinematic storytelling that could have been made much much better with better directors, less studio interference and screenwriters willing to go too far, to take things up a notch. HALO NIGHTFALL is the next instalment to this list. It is out this week from the good peeps at Anchor Bay Entertainment Australia, thanks to our friends at Kabuku PR we have copies up for grabs on Blu Ray. It is rated M and runs for 98mins.

 

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HALO NIGHTFALL | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY | BLU RAY COVER IMAGE

 

BY JASON KING

HALO NIGHTFALL originally was a five part web series produced by Ridley Scott, it was made as a bridging movie between the games Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians (out this year sometime) and it was made with a big budget and grand ambition.

Halo: Nightfall tells the dramatic story of legendary man hunter and Naval Intelligence Officer Jameson Locke and his team as they are caught in a horrific biological attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. As they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artefact, they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything and ultimately choose between their loyalty and their lives. 

It is by no means the best or the worst in the game to movie franchise, I would compare to a decent Star Trek episode and for me this is a good thing – even bad Trek eps are fun to watch. I love the lead guy, Locke (Mike Colter from THE GOOD WIFE), he is kind of like a Cisco from DEEP SPACE NINE – a leader with strength and a distinguished voice. A man I would follow happily, also if you have seen THE GOOD WIFE, you know never to cross him :). I also enjoyed the character Macer (Christina Chong), young, naive, out of her depth but willing to give it a shot and test her limits, these two I liked.

 

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HALO NIGHTFALL | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY | LOCKE (MIKE COLTER)

 

But the rest of the characters might have well have been two dimensional stock characters in B-grade sci-fi. Their is the loner guy, the guy who even though he is part of a military team will kill his best friend for survival, all of them are uncompassionate. This is where the movie started to unravel for me, they are a military team but they never had cohesion and Locke really wasn’t much of a leader. Half of his crew needed to be shot. This movie/ TV show had the possibility of ALIENS greatness, it had the effects, producer, production qualities and budget, but it was poorly written and the bad characters were just stupid, people should have been coordinating for survival against an alien and not squabbling among themselves – this should have been man V alien, not man v alien v man.

 

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HALO NIGHTFALL | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY | ALIEN FALLING

 

What did work was the graphics – it looked big budget and the effects are up to the quality of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and the costumes – that armour is epic, same as the guns and the ships – it ticks every science fiction box for visuals.

I love that they have made this for a filler between games, but this could also be part of its problem, it literally isolates everyone who does not know the story, I have no idea, all I know is the iconic space mask helmet image plus that there are aliens and it is kind of military, you will get that as I did in the movie but I had no idea the back story on the halo arc (or is it ring?) – an ancient piece of their technological past I think had something to do with gravity. I also do not know the history of the aliens on the planet, there are a couple of races we know nothing about. This was disappointing and I would be happy to pay money to see a franchise for HALO made properly starting with the origin story – they are up to game five – this could be a massive franchise!!

My research indicates this has been tossed around for years, Peter Jackson is actually a signed on producer for a HALO movie, Stuart Beattie (TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, GI JOE, THE PIRATES MOVIES) wrote a spec script, Alex Garland (THE BEACH, 28 DAYS LATER, EX MACHINA) wrote a full screenplay, Guillermo del Toro pulled out as director and went on to make PACIFIC RIM so then Jackson settled on newcomer Neill Blomkamp to direct. It fell apart after five busy months constructing sets, running test short films etc so then Jackson allowed Blomkamp to chose whatever project he wanted to make, we then got the amazing DISTRICT 9.

 

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HALO NIGHTFALL | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY | ICONIC HALO HELMET

 

If you want a half decent science fiction that requires limited thinking, that has some amazing special effects and high production values and that is all then get this onto your home screens!! It is currently available for purchase at all DVD outlets and on iTunes. And don’t forget to enter our competition to win copies on Blu Ray.

JK OUT.

 

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With special thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment Australia to win one the 2X BLU RAYS of HALO NIGHTFALL you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

Who is your favourite movie based on a video game and why? Mine is probably LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER – I worshipped that game and thought Angelina was perfect. 

If you do not have social media then get with the times – you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after APRIL 15th! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.