Germany’s B-movie auteur Uwe Boll is at it once again with yet another video game adaptation. But this time around, Herr Boll has outdone himself. Sure, my very utterance that the longtime Razzie Award contender has “outdone himself” will probably be cause enough for many to question my sanity overall. After all, I’m perfectly content with watching a cheesy retro European-made action flick over a modern big-budgeted American film any day — there’s a certain naïve charming about them.
Strangely enough, Uwe Boll’s Far Cry has that same charm.
Based on the popular series of the same name, Far Cry tells a very basic and somewhat one-dimensional story about the mad Dr. Krieger (played to perfection by Udo Kier) who has been developing a squad of “super soldiers” (none of whom are named Knowle Rohrer, just in case you’re wondering) on a remote island somewhere on the ambiguously Canadian coast of the United States of America. One of the island’s private military security dudes (Ralf Moeller) alerts his journalist niece to the less-than-humane experiments being conducted on the island. And so, our journalist heroine Valerie (Emmanuelle Vaugier) takes a clandestine trip out the island, courtesy of a boat helmed by Jack Carver (Til Schweiger).
It doesn’t take long for our Jack and Valerie to come face-to-face with Krieger’s goons, and both bullets and bodies fly when they do. Much like the source material, Boll keeps the action in Far Cry-a-comin’ at a moderate pace, splicing in a number of ridiculous scenarios and one-liners the whole way through — which made it good, in my opinion. I’m sure my fellow, more uptight Yankees will most assuredly take great offense to the way Boll and his screenwriters portray Americans as outrageously obnoxious morons in the movie (I, personally, was not affronted by it). Speaking of Americans, the late Don S. Davis appears briefly as a general (the movie started filming in 2007); character actor Chris Coppola plays the unwitting sidekick guy; and the great Michael Paré has a small part in the beginning of the film as Vaugier’s editor.