Far Cry (film)

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Far Cry
Far cry poster.jpg
German-language poster
Directed by Uwe Boll
Produced by Uwe Boll
Dan Clarke
Wolfgang Herold
Shawn Williamson
Written by Michael Roesch
Peter Scheerer
Masaji Takei
Based on Far Cry
by Crytek
Starring Til Schweiger
Emmanuelle Vaugier
Michael Paré
Clint Howard
Will Sanderson
Ralf Möller
Michael Eklund
Udo Kier
Tyron Leitso
Patrick Muldoon
Chris Coppola
Craig Skistimas
Thomas Hanley
Mike Dopud
Anthony Bourdain
Music by Jessica de Rooij
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Edited by Karen Porter
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (Germany)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (North America)
Release date
  • September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11) (Germany)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Germany
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $743,634

Far Cry is a 2008 English-language German action film adapted from the video game of the same name. The film is directed by Uwe Boll and stars Til Schweiger.


The film begins in a jungle at nighttime as a mercenary squad scouts the nearby area looking out for modified super soldiers ("Trigens" in the Game), only to be slaughtered by a lone Mutant. Dr. Krieger (Udo Kier) is then informed by his men about the event and asked to stop the research, Krieger refusing to do so. The film then skips to Valerie Cardinal, a journalist who is secretly receiving information about the events and the actual research by an informant. They then arranged a meeting with her at the Island.

To get to the island, Valerie hired skipper Jack Carver to take her to the Island. Soon after, she reveals to Jack that her informant is named Max and he served in the Special Forces with him and that he is her uncle. Jack denies having ever known him. Jack then takes her to the island. However, it turns out that the mercenaries caught Max and turned up at the spot he was going to meet Valerie. The Mercenaries then captured Valerie and destroyed Jack's boat with an RPG, though Jack managed to escape. Jack then stole a gun from a nearby guard after knocking him out and rescued Valerie. Jack then suggested that they leave the island, though Valerie refuses to leave without Max.

They then hijack a mercenary humvee containing two soldiers and take their uniforms and proceed to the central base where they both are captured. Jack is Jailed in an empty cell with a former member of the cooking staff. While they attempt to escape, Valerie is forced to have dinner with Krieger, who orders the mercenaries to unleash Max (who is now a mutant) on Jack and Cook when he sees them on camera, trying to escape. After a brief fight, Jack manages to convince Max who he really is. Max who is convinced, but still mentally fragile then assaults the mercenaries and releases the other mutants.

The mutants then attempt to kill all the humans on the Island. After taking heavy casualties, half of the Mercenary Forces realize that there is no hope in sight of controlling the mutants and decide to team up with Jack and escape the island. The other half of the Mercenaries remain loyal to Krieger and try to retain control of the island. The two sides then begin to battle each other and the mutants at the same time.

As the battle goes on, Max is shot and killed by Krieger's sadistic female second-in-command, and most of the Mercenaries on the island are killed by the mutants. This leaves only Krieger and his second - in command, Jack and Valerie, and the cook alive. While trying to find Valerie, Jack engages in a fight with Krieger's second in - command. Jack wins and kills the 2nd in command. Jack then finds Valerie and tells her about Max. The cook, Jack, and Valerie then hijack a boat at the docks. When Krieger arrives at the docks shortly after while being chased by mutants, he finds the boat missing. He then turns around and screams as the screen fades to black.

The film then ends with Jack in a relationship with Valerie, while also continuing his work as a skipper. Valerie, like Jack, also continues her work with the CIA. Jack hires the cook for his boat.



The game-to-film enthusiast Uwe Boll gained the rights to a Far Cry movie from Crytek, purportedly even before the game was released. In an October 2006 interview, Uwe Boll said that production on Far Cry would begin in May 2007.[1][2] The film was released on the second of October, 2008, in Germany.

ScrewAttack creators "Stuttering Craig" and "Handsome Tom" had attempted for a month to raise money in order to buy a part for an extra Uwe Boll had created as an internet auction. On July 4, 2007, Craig announced on the Screwattack podcast, Sidescrollers, that Uwe Boll sent him an e-mail response stating that they had successfully managed to be cast as extras.

The Far Cry series has been heavily edited in Germany, where the film was released in October 2008, to negative reviews.


Like most other films directed by Uwe Boll, Far Cry received negative reviews with most critics saying it does the games no justice. IGN gave the film a 3 out of 10 and said "Perhaps one day game companies will learn to be more particular about the directors they choose to realize their products on the big screen. Fans of the game, and fans of movies in general, would be wise to avoid this one at all costs. Unless, of course, your purpose is to mock." [3]


Variety reports that Ubisoft is developing another Far Cry film (based on the video game Far Cry 3) along with a Watch Dogs and Raving Rabbids film,[4] this time, produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

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