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on 17 July 2013
Where do I begin - I LOVE THIS FILM (albeit it's a bit on the short side). I only wish Peter Jackson/WETA had had the courage to produce the full length feature film years ago when they had the chance - they would have easily made their money back just through the fans of the games alone.

This mini-film is a truly riveting story of a young man's personal conflict with his feelings about the war on the Insurgents, and centres around his life in a training academy for young UNSC cadets, who are at this point oblivious to the new terror about to be unleashed upon the Human race. Before long, all hell breaks loose, and we're introduced to some familiar heroes and foes. The story is convincing in it's own right, and as an added bonus, the opening and ending of the film also provide links between Halo 3 & 4, providing a nice bridge into the Halo universe for those that have not played the games yet (WHY NOT?).

I plumped for this Deluxe Edition, as I have with many of the games, and don't begrudge paying the extra for a Blu-ray/DVD combo set, as it is something I will cherish and watch for years to come.
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on 23 July 2013
After many years of loyalty to the Playstation, I recently broke ranks and bought an XBOX 360. The main reason, Halo.

When I get into something I like to see support material, anything that adds to the world/universe/mythology. Matrix has the Animatrix, The Dark Knight has Batman Gotham Knights and Star Trek and Stargate have audiobooks.

Halo 4 has this. Forward unto Dawn is a great piece of filming, an introduction to a new universe of possibilities.

The build up is good, slow and steady, focusing on characters. A small military academy, a group of young cadets. A young man's journey.

Then "he" appears. The Master Chief.

Having never played the game and experienced first hand his presence, it was amazing. A giddy thrill to see him on screen. Live and very kicking.

This is for people who like sci-fi and particularly fans of the Halo series. As an introduction to the series it is excellent and well worth a look.
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on 30 March 2015
Brilliant film. Bought for my son who is a massive Halo fan. I watched it with him and even I found it to be a very good story line and I'm not particularly a big fan of the franchise. Would recommend for anyone keen on the game series or anyone who likes a movie with action and suspense.
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on 10 November 2017
Good film, enjoyed it, need to get the other Halo films/
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on 22 February 2018
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on 29 August 2016
Arrived early, not a single scratch on the disc, couldn't believe how cheep it was
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on 24 April 2015
NO SPOILERS HERE. Decent enough film. Great quality and visual effects. Beggining dragged a little, but once it gets going, it's pretty enjoyable. Better than some made on low-budget movies.
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on 4 April 2015
Seemed a fairly good plot throughout, but is a bit of a let-down at the closing scenes, by leaving it hanging, and not even teasing there could be a follow-on, or sequel.
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on 31 March 2018
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on 16 July 2015
Good fun Sci-Fi film. Nothing special but good fun to watch. Not up there with the best Sci-Fi films but not one of the worst either.
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