Thank you Content Media Corp for sending us a screener to review!
The Halo series began in 2001 and after a few studio swaps, is still going strong to this day. The current studio, 343 Industries, and Microsoft have worked together to make Halo: The Fall of Reach. It is based off of the popular book and is a prequel to the games, which discloses the backstory of John 117, also known as Master Chief.
John and seventy-four other genetically superior children were handpicked by Dr. Catherine Halsey to participate in an elite soldier program called Spartan. These six-year-old children were taken from their families (with robotic clones left in their place) and raised in a harsh military environment. In order to survive, or even be fed, these children had to learn to work together as a team. John was a natural born leader and it showed.
After several trials that sometimes proved deadly, the worst was yet to come, augmentation. The surgical procedures shown in this film are a bit gruesome and the fatality rate was 36% as these procedures were experimental and inhumane in many cases. The doctor questioned her motives, but in the end was convinced that the ends would justify the means as these Spartan soldiers were humanity’s only defense from the Covenant threat.
The alien races working together as the Covenant are convinced that they’re doing God’s work by wiping out the human race. Their technology is light years ahead of human capabilities but like many things, there is always a vulnerability. John and his team have to find it.
Not only is the story great in Halo: The Fall of Reach, but there is plenty of action, character development and references to various games in the series. For example, some ODST soldiers make the mistake of picking a fight with John during a workout session.
Since we were sent a low quality screener, I can’t vouch for how crisp the visual or audio quality is in the final product. The movie is computer animated and is not as modern looking as some triple A video games. Even still, I’m curious how it will look on blu-ray which goes for less than $15 on Amazon. The movie is relatively short and clocks in at an hour and five minutes. According to the reviews, like many situations, the book is better. As a casual Halo fan who has played the first two games, and hasn’t read the books, I enjoyed watching this film. Because of the violence and language, it's best suited for older gamers and not children.
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