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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn 

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (2012)
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UNSC Cadet Thomas Lasky must conquer his inner fears and join forces with super-soldier John-117 to take down a massive faction of the Covenant.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Thom Green ...  Thomas Lasky 5 episodes, 2012
Anna Popplewell ...  Chyler Silva 5 episodes, 2012
Enisha Brewster ...  April Orenski 5 episodes, 2012
Ayelet Zurer ...  Mehaffey / ... 5 episodes, 2012
Masam Holden ...  Michael Sullivan 5 episodes, 2012
Mike Dopud ...  General Black 5 episodes, 2012
Iain Belcher ...  Vickers / ... 5 episodes, 2012
Osric Chau ...  Junjie Chen 5 episodes, 2012
Katerina Katelieva ...  Dimah Tchakova 5 episodes, 2012
Daniel Cudmore ...  Master Chief 5 episodes, 2012
Alex Puccinelli ...  Master Chief 5 episodes, 2012
Jen Taylor ...  Cortana 5 episodes, 2012
Chris Shields ...  Dr. Hughes 5 episodes, 2012
Max Carver ...  Cadmon Lasky 5 episodes, 2012
Ty Olsson ...  Commander Lasky 5 episodes, 2012
Darren O'Hare ...  Adult Lasky 5 episodes, 2012
Robin August Robin August ...  Orlin 5 episodes, 2012
Man Hung Chan Man Hung Chan ...  Junjie's father 5 episodes, 2012
Jill Teed ...  Col. Lasky 5 episodes, 2012
Jenna Berman ...  Kelly 5 episodes, 2012
Robert Boyce Robert Boyce ...  Man 5 episodes, 2012
Sean Carey ...  Marine 5 episodes, 2012
Neil Ellice ...  Marine 5 episodes, 2012
Tommy Europe ...  Marine 5 episodes, 2012
Patrick Sabongui ...  Marine 5 episodes, 2012
Jon Kralt ...  Yeomen 5 episodes, 2012
Dean Redman ...  Yeomen 5 episodes, 2012
Tony Giroux ...  Spartan / ... 5 episodes, 2012
Frank O'Connor Frank O'Connor ...  Janitor Beamish 5 episodes, 2012
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Storyline

In 2525, as mankind has begun to colonise space, a group of cadets are training to fight against human insurrectionists. One of these cadets, Thomas Lasky, has doubts about his abilities as a soldier and his convictions for this war. Whilst he struggles with himself, the planet is invaded by an unknown alien race. Reeling under the assault, Lasky and his squad mates are rescued by John-117, one of the UNSC's legendary SPARTAN-II super-soldiers. John must inspire Lasky to fulfill his potential as a soldier and a leader to fight against an enemy deadlier than any that humanity has faced before. Written by Marty Goodman

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The story of Halo begins at dawn.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn See more »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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(5 parts) | (DVD)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John-117, The Master Chief, is only 15 years old when this movie takes place, having been born in 2511 as the movie takes place in 2526. See more »

Goofs

When Lansky and the other students ask the stranger for his name after he saved them, John-117 tells the students that his name is Master Chief. But at this point, he was still a Chief Petty Officer and he should have said Chief. He didn't have the ranking of Master Chief Petty Officer yet. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Lasky: I just hear the drumbeat of endless war.
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Referenced in Halo: The Rebellion (2018) See more »

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Great source material ; poor execution
27 April 2014 | by native84See all my reviews

In my opinion , this movie/web-series has been over-rated by Halo fans and in the end it will be to everyone's detriment. If Microsoft/343 Studios get the impression they can release something like this and hit one out of the park we will just see more of it in the future.

As a Halo and Movie fan I believe this would be a shame. The source material (the Halo universe) has the potential to bring something truly great to the big screen but this is far from it.

I won't go into plot, as it has been covered in many reviews, but I will say it is clichéd. The military boot-camp stereotypes have all been done before and with much more depth. These characters seemed one-dimensional and lackluster development left me indifferent to their fates. Some of the dialogue was corny to the point of cringe-worthy and the actors (including some of the adults) lacked the presence to pull off their roles and really set the scene.

Given the relatively small budget some of these things can be understood but the hackneyed plot is not one of them. The special effects were good, despite said constraints, but too many "bullet time" segments bogged the action down.

All in all I was disappointed by Halo 4: Forward Until Dawn and I (like many others I'm sure) am still praying for a Blomkamp/Jackson treatment of the source material.

I do not believe that 10/10 rankings of an obviously flawed series/movie will get us there.


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