Jack Carver, a German ex-special forces soldier turned boatman, is hired by Valerie Cardinal, a journalist, to take her to a nearby island where her uncle Max works in a top-secret research facility, smuggling information out. However, the facility's director and evil mastermind Dr. Krieger is actually creating genetically modified super-soldiers with no intelligence, and Uncle Max and Val are taken by Krieger's mercenaries. It's now only up to Jack and his trusty handgun to save them and defeat Krieger's evil minions.
Directed by: Uwe Boll
. Starring: Til Schweiger
, Emmanuelle Vaugier
, Natalia Avelon
, Udo Kier
, Chris Coppola
, Ralf Moeller
, Craig Fairbrass
, Michael Paré
, Don S. Davis
, Suzanne Ristic
, Jay Brazeau
, Mike Dopud
, Steffen Mennekes
. Music by: Jessica de Rooij
Germany's most notorious director, Dr. Uwe Boll, has stricken again and just unleashed his next action-packed adaptation of a popular video game, namely Ubisoft's best selling ego shooter "Far Cry". And, of course, a lot of self proclaimed preservers of good taste will now scream bloody murder once again and ask themselves the same old questions, namely why in god's name is the "Ed Wood of the 21. century" still allowed to make movies after all the atrocities he committed in the past and why couldn't he have chosen a game that's at least a little less popular and well respected than the legendary "Far Cry".
I, however, have stopped to listen to the complaints of the naysayers long ago, cause not only have I more or less enjoyed almost all films that Boll directed since his infamous first video game adaptation "House Of The Dead" in 2003, but also do I believe that even those flicks, which I personally do not hold in the highest esteem, like "Alone In The Dark" or "Bloodrayne II: Deliverance", are still quite a bit better than the bashers say they are.
Anyway. As a fan of most of the eccentric director's work, I personally couldn't wait for his new action smasher "Far Cry" to hit the silver screens here in Germany on October 2nd, 2008. Of course I went to see it on the opening day and when me and my pals arrived at the cinema for the midnight screening of "Far Cry", we opened a bottle of beer right away and prepared ourselves for a little more than 90 action-packed minutes full of explosions, car chases, gun fights, punch-ups, stunts and even more explosions.
And, you gotta believe me, "Far Cry" did indeed live up to all of my expectations. It's of course not up there with the big summer blockbusters like "The Dark Knight" or "Iron Man", but it's nevertheless a helluva lot of fun from start to finish. If you're lookin' for a fast-paced, tongue-in-the-cheek no-brainer in the tradition of vintage b-movie classics such as Van Damme's "Universal Soldier", Chuck Norris' "Invasion USA" or Arnie's "Commando", "Far Cry" is definitely the right film for you to watch.
If the cuts had been a bit slower during the action sequences and if the camera had been a bit less shaky during the fight scenes, I would almost have believed that I'm watching a cheesy cult flick from the past and not a movie that's been shot in 2007. Except for a few minor reservations, Uwe Boll has indeed succeeded in combining the special charm of the action flicks of the 80s with modern techniques, spectacular effects and an up-to-date look.
Sure, just like the afore-mentioned classics, "Far Cry" does also not really have a profound story, deep characters and clever dialogues, but then again, I really doubt that anyone in his right mind would expect a campy flick like this to come up with any of these things. If you're going to watch "Far Cry" in cinema or rent it on DVD, you wanna see lots and lots of stunts, fights and explosions and the film does certainly not fall short on any of 'em.
You get a see spectacular pursuits by car, speedboat and foot as well as lots of jeeps and helicopters being blown to pieces, soldiers being beaten up or shot to death and tons of other cool effects and stunts.
When the former elite soldier Jack Carver (Til Schweiger) and the ambitious reporter Valerie Cardinal (Emmanuelle Vaugier) set foot on a secluded island where the mad scientist Dr. Krieger (Udo Kier) is working on the creation of an army of genetically engineered super-soldiers, all hell breaks loose and bullets and fists are about to cut the air at minute intervals.
In Dr. Krieger's secret labs the laws of physics and gravity seem to be no longer valid and hence we get to see a lot of cool and totally over-the-top action sequences that make us laugh and giggle almost as much as the corny dialogues and (unintentionally) funny incidents (you have to see the hilarious build-up to Jack's and Valerie's love scene, for example).
The only things I didn't really like about "Far Cry", apart from the afore-mentioned fast cuts and shaky camera work during the fight scenes, are the fact that throughout the whole movie hardly any blood squirts out of the wounds when people get shot and the annoying character of Chris Coppola. He plays the sniveling cook Emilio, who's unfunny jokes and constant complaints about his hurting back make him quite a pain in the ass whenever he is on screen.
But these are only minor points of criticism and all in all I really enjoyed "Far Cry" for it's over-the-top action sequences, vintage b-movie charm and tongue-in-the-cheek humor. Neither the film itself nor the stars, like Til Schweiger and Udo Kier who both deliver really cool performances, take themselves too seriously -'- a point that really adds to the overall enjoyment of the flick.
To cut a long story short, I'd finally like to recommend Uwe Boll's "Far Cry" to all those of you who are still into the old action hits of the past. If you still enjoy your vintage tapes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Dudikoff & Co every once in a while, there's a good chance you might enjoy "Far Cry" quite a bit as well. Check it out and give it a fair chance... it's really a kick ass movie from start to finish and a helluva lot of fun to watch!!
Review by JJohnny_Cool from the Internet Movie Database.