Far Cry is another of Uwe Bolls videogame adaptations. It is based on the first-person shooter game from Ubisoft, which premiered in 2004. The plot of the film follows the game reasonably closely in which the player took up the part of Jack Carver, a former Special Forces operative working as a charter boat captain who is hired by the journalist Valerie Constantine, his boat is blown up and he is stranded on an archipelago of South Pacific islands where he must fight off the mercenaries and various genetic engineering experiments created by the mad scientist Dr Krieger. Being made on a lesser budget, the range of creatures and exotic locations in the game have been decidedly telescoped down when it comes to the film.
While I have defended some of Uwe Bolls films and he has been showing overall improvement, Far Cry is a slip back into typical Boll shoddy production values. It has in abundance all the hallmarks of what it is that people criticize about Bolls films. It comes with the loud and noisy boilerplate action sequences that Boll loves to throw in, most of which seem to happen at random and do nothing to advance the plot there is a long vehicle chase sequence across the island with Til Schweiger and Emmanuelle Vaugier driving backwards in an SUV amid dramatics about dropped hand grenades and the vehicle being set on fire, before the laughable scene where Vaugier accidentally fires a harpoon that goes through the roof of the SUV and attaches itself to a helicopter overhead whereupon the SUV is whisked up off the side of a cliff, falls into the sea below and the harpoon gets wound up in the helicopters blades causing it to explode. There is another completely random boat chase sequence during the middle of the film. The entire film from the plot to the action sequences to the conception of Udo Kiers mad science scheme feels like it has been slapped together by Boll with even more of a slapdash indifference than usual. The action sequences in Alone in the Dark and especially In the Name of the King at least had a kinetic energy if not an imagination, whereas here they are only cheap, uninvolving and not particularly convincing as with most of Uwe Bolls films, you can edit them out and not change the plot one bit. The scene where Til Schweiger and Emmanuelle Vaugier cuddle up for the purpose of sharing body warmth is one of the most ridiculously contrived and awkward seeming love sequences ever written outside of a porn film.
There is plenty of the usual bad acting that infects Uwe Bolls films. Cast as the supposedly American hero, German actor Til Schweiger plays with a lazy cockiness that shows he is not taking much of the show seriously. Coming in his accent, the one-liners lack the appropriate comic-book inflection they should have and fall flat. The upshot is this is that he comes across as seeming contemptuous of the show around him. This is also a film where Uwe Boll seems to feel the need to throw in excruciating comedy relief Jay Brazeau as a boat rental owner, or the terrible performances of Michael Robinson and Carrie Genzel as the two loathsome American tourists that we encounter in the opening scenes. The worst part of the film however is the loud and obnoxious performance provided by Chris Coppola as the food delivery man who gets dragged into the action during the latter half of the film. Coppolas comic relief element quickly becomes the most irritating thing about Far Cry.
Uwe Bolls other genre films are:- the serial killer film Sanctimony (2000); the backwoods horror Blackwoods (2002); the high school shooting rampage film Heart of America (2003); the zombie film/videogameadaptation House of the Dead (2003); the monster movie/videogame adaptation Alone in the Dark (2005); the vampire hunting videogame adaptation BloodRayne (2005) and its sequels Bloodrayne: Deliverance (2007) and Bloodrayne: The Third Reich (2011); the fantasy adventure In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) and its sequels In the Name of the King: Two Worlds (2011) and In the Name of the King 3 (2014); the videogame adaptation Postal (2007), a surreal bad taste satire about a shooting rampage; Seed (2007) about an executed killer returned from the grave; Rampage (2009) about a man on a shooting spree and its sequels Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014) and Rampage: President Down (2016); Stoic (2009) about sadism and brutality in a prison; The Final Storm (2010) about an apocalyptic storm and the arrival of a mysterious stranger; the gonzo bad taste comedy Blubberella (2011) about an overweight vampire heroine; Assault on Wall Street/Bailout: The Age of Greed (2013) about a man on a shooting spree against bankers; and a segment of the horror anthology The Profane Exhibit (2013). Boll has also produced the ghost story They Wait (2007), Alone in the Dark II (2008), Zombie Massacre (2012), Legend of the Red Reaper (2013), Prisoners of the Sun (2013), Morning Star (2014), Viy (2014), Anger of the Dead (2015), Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead (2015) and Jack Goes Home (2016).
Other films adapted from video/computer games include:- Super Mario Bros. (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Double Dragon (1994), Mortal Kombat (1995), Wing Commander (1999), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (2001), Resident Evil (2002), Doom (2005), DOA: Dead or Alive (2006), Silent Hill (2006), Hitman (2007), Max Payne (2008), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Tekken (2010), Angry Birds (2016), Assassins Creed (2016) and Warcraft (2016).