Far Cry (2009)

Genre(s): Action
Vivendi Entertainment || Unrated - 95 minutes - $26.99 || November 24, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-11-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Uwe Boll
Writer(s): Michael Roesch & Peter Scheerer & Masaji Takei (screenplay)
Cast: Til Schweiger, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Natalia Avelon, Udo Kier


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Stereo 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Why. Just freaking why. The movie business is bad enough these days, and yet somehow Uwe Boll still gets money to make movies? Can someone just give me $10 million and Iíll give them a return on their investment? Iíll invest in those Zhu-Zhu pets or something like that. Did anyone learn their lesson when they gave him money for Bloodrayne? Then five movies later, heís still churning them out at a rapid pace. Far Cry is based off the ďBest Selling VideogameĒ but last time I checked, the game wasnít a best seller and this movie is fairly loosely based off of it. Sigh, here we go again.

Captain of his own boat Jack Carver (Til Schweiger) is a retired marine/killing machine/complete bad arse in his own right. He runs some sort of whale watching thing in the middle of nowhere, and one day has to take Valerie (Emmanuelle Vaugier) to an island where sheís meeting her partner Max (Ralf Moeller) to talk about the evil Dr. Krieger (Udo Kier). See, it turns out that Krieger is manufacturing super-soldiers (yes, you read that right) that are bullet-resistance and also canít be killed. Unless of course you shoot them in the eye or mouth, then they can be killed. Yeah, it only gets worse, trust me.

So Carver takes Valerie to the island where she gets kidnapped by a group of Kriegerís mercenaries, led by Katja (Natalia Avelon). One of the mercenaries uses a rocket launcher to blow Carverís boat and sadly not killing him, Carver climbs onto some rocks and gets onto the island to help find Valerie. He manages to kill a few mercenaries and rescues Valerie and gets into a jeep to get away. The jeep is set on fire somehow, but they manage to drive for about five minutes with guns shooting at them and a helicopter above yet the jeep still doesnít blow up. Somehow, someway, Valerie shoots a gun with a hook shot (think Zelda days) and MANAGES TO HOOK THE HELICOPTER A MILE IN THE AIR AND IT HELPS THEM FLY AWAY FROM THE BAD GUYS. So blah blah blah, Valerie and Carver have to stop super-soldiers from being made, some pointless love scenes, and other stuff happens that doesnít matter.

I donít know how this game can say it was based off the video game, because Iíve played both Far Cry games and neither were anything like this. First off, you donít ever hook shot a dang helicopter in the air and fly away. Carver is a complete bad arse in the video game, and here heís a complete wussy. Carver wouldnít be cuddling with a girl after getting shot at and such; instead heíd go back out and kill the remaining mercenaries. Way to make a game character such a panzy.

I know that itís hard and darn-near impossible to tell a video game tale right, and not make it suck, but darnet the Resident Evil series did it right. Heck, even the Street Fighter series did a better job than this. The story just downright sucks, and thereís little to no action here for fans of movies withÖ action. The story takes forever to get going, and while the super-soldier idea is neat, itís nowhere near of what went on in the video game.

I suggest just buying the video game for PC or 360 rather than paying money to watch or rent this film. Trust me, youíll have a much more enjoyable time.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Uwe Boll: Boll has some great one-liners in here that I recommend listening to this just to hear some of the things he has to say. Something about ďif you have romance in the trailers, then people will see it.Ē Boll, has anyone besides me seen your films? Thereís also some intern and a producer who join the mix for this commentary, but Boll talks over them multiple times and makes them worthless to be there.

CGI Feature (6 minutes): The visual effects guy talks for a long time about the visual effects (go figure) of the movie, but all he does is yap and thereís nothing that he says that is interesting. Pass.

Deleted Scenes (5 minutes): There are only a handful of scenes that didnít make it into the film, and after watching just the first one itís clear why: they donít make any sense.

Behind-the-Scenes (10 minutes): There are some interviews here with cast and crew, and you can also see how a few of the shots were made. Not a lot of entertaining material here, so once again Iíd recommend passing.

Outtakes (11 minutes): Why is the longest special feature an outtakes segment? Anyways, these are just rehashes of deleted scenes melded with scenes from the movie. They arenít funny or intelligently put together in anyway, so please for all the love that is movies please pass.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Surprisingly enough, we get a decent transfer here. Flesh tones look phenomenal, especially compared to the recent lackluster transfers Iíve seen as of late. They are bright and just how they should look on a transfer, so major points for that. The issue I have with this video though is a big one, and that would be the glaring amount of grain and noise that is apparent in the entire film. Some of the background seemed to jump off the screen with all the moving grain that is there, which is such a disappointment for such a gorgeous-looking transfer. If you can get past the grain and noise throughout the flick, then this has some great video quality to it.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track isnít the best though, as it sports light dialogue audio but strong surround sound usage. I struggled at times to hear what the characters were saying to each other, and then in the next scene I could hear the surrounds going off from sounds and music clear as day. There was also an issue with clarity from the dialogue, as when I could hear the dialogue (rarely) I struggled to make out what was being said. This isnít necessarily a bad track though, and it is passable for people who care little about their audio tracks.



.::OVERALL::.

Seriously, please movie companies. Iím begging you to just give me the money instead of to Boll for another film. Far Cry has got to be one of the worst (yes, Iím including his past films and also other... *shudder* video game adaptations) movies Iíve seen this year. There was some other flick that was a guaranteed shoe-in for the title, but as it stands today Far Cry easily takes the cake for worst film of 2009. The special features are decent, the technical package average, but the movie just sucks. This is a far cry from a tolerable film, even for a rental. Wow, I made a pun that also had the title... never mind.