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Unrealistic Ballistics
(Scared of Realism) Okay. The manual for Halo clearly states that the MA5B fires a 7.62mm bullet. That's a .30 caliber gun. If you, for example, shot a Grunt with this rifle, it would immediately die of the wound. The .30 is about as big-ass a bullet as you can have without having recoil dampeners. So forget hosing down an area with minimal to medium effect. If you sprayed a squad of Covies with this rifle you would end up with chunks and a broken arm for yourself.

Don't forget:
1. Master Chief is in a suit of armor that has much much more strength than a human.
2. There are shield technologies at work here; we are > 500 years in the future.
- cybrfrk
(scurvy_king on 01-06-06 14:16 UTC, permalink)

I hope not...
(Scenes from Hell) I really hope that they can make this movie awesome. I think I have lost all hope in video game movies. If they make The Rock Master Chief, I will hurt somebody. Corny lines would ruin the movie. "Leave me Chief..." COME ON! Why would people want that crap in there? This movie needs fresh ideas, not overused ones! If they dare mess up the Covenant I will cry. There is alot of things that could go wrong with that. For example: Marine comes upon an Elite. Elite kicks marine and in return marine kicks Elite knocking out his shields. Then marine delivers swift blow to Elites head with fist and kills him. Yeah right, I hope none of that. Remember how much trouble The Chief had fighting that Elite in The Fall of Reach? I'm just hoping they don't make the Humans seem like an unstoppable juggernaut. This better be a good movie or I'll go Chuck Norris on whoever is responsible for making it suck...

(Pooman on 01-06-06 14:35 UTC, permalink)

Starship trooper-like scene
(Scenes from Hell) ridiculously cheesy/edited UNSC marine propaganda shows on a TV. Later, it turns to live footage from a news reporter embeded with some marines.
"The very presense of the alien scum has scard harvest in some areas, but nevertheless, the victorious and powerful warriors of the human race push forward bravely to take back the planet!" while the repoter is talking about how brave the marines are and how they are killing covies by the thousands, marines in the background are running and screaming "RETREAT! RUN THE @#%#$ AWAY!!!". A hunter rounds the corner and swings his sheild, cutting 3 marines in half, hunter attacks reporter, impales him on one of his spikes, and camera goes dead.

Yes, Starship Troopers this should not be. They did a really good way of making a connection to what would be going on at home; and with the advent of current "no-restrained" news, I could see this being real-time, all the time. However, to avoid those lines being drawn in parallel with Troopers, this should be avoided.
- cybrfrk
(Brenan 117 on 01-06-06 14:36 UTC, permalink)

its all about the killing
(Comic Relief) well its not really its about the story. but half the fun of the game was the comedic ways that stuff got blown up, run over, beaten to death or just blown away. so heres an idea for a bunch of marines getting KIA.

A group of stranded marines hudle together fighting for their lives. grunts gettin wooped all over the place. Then a fearless elite steps in to rally grunts for a charge on the marines position. with his back to the marines he gets his grunts into formation. then a marine throws a plasma grenade and sticks the elite on his back, but the elite doesnt notice. A marine makes a wise crack at the elite and the marines all laugh heartily. the elite calls the charge turns and runs at the marines guns blazing. the grunts see the plasma grenade run the other way and the elite runs into the marines and blows them all to hell. the scene finnishes with the grunts taking the mick out of the idiot elite and all laughing heartily.

(tim on 01-06-06 14:36 UTC, permalink)

Starcraft? Star Trek? Hey, what're they doing here?
(Scenes from Hell) MC mystically transforms into a badass with a taste for hoverbikes(Jim Raynor in Starcraft), The Arbiter gets psionic powers like The Protoss High Templar Tassadar from the same game.

Gravemind turns into a starship/planet killing abomination like one seen in the classic 60's episodes of Star Trek, and the late Jacob Keyes is shown fighting a gold elite hand to hand. With his uniform on, he's tossed about like a rag doll. When the elite rips off his shirt, he kung fu's the elite to death.(Like Captain Kirk vs Khan)

(UrsusArctos on 01-18-06 16:21 UTC, permalink)

Arogant Elite - Indiana Jones scene.
(Scenes) MC and his marines and ODSTs charge across the bridge, guns ablazin. Marines and ODSTs lay down covering fire while chief hits the button to open the doors, behind them, a sheild-less camo elite draws his energy sword, reveals himself, and begins acting all macho, twirling his sord in complex arcs and growling. Chief sighs: "I don't have time for this". Chief draws his pistol and shoots the elite in the head.

(Brenan 117 on 01-18-06 16:22 UTC, permalink)

Short-assed Missions
(Scenes) Like they do with alot of movies made out of games, the missions, when they are portrayed in the film, usually cut to important scenes. So they will probbably do that with the Halo Movie as well.
For Example:

Cairo Station Scenes= First part of Armory scene. Getting on the elevator with Johnson. Marines cheering and the following scene. With same loops between High Charity and Cairo Station. First part of mission with several skips between rooms. Space scene. And bomb secene with bomb beeping frantically when Chief kills last elite.

They might even cut out a few missions and just stick to misssions and cinematics that are important to the story.

(j23 on 01-18-06 16:28 UTC, permalink)

John Woo, Spartan 117
(Scared of Realism) This is all supposed to take place a few hundred years in the future, I got that. I can also get the idea that certain physical attributes can improve during this time. And, yes, the Spartans have genetic and cybernetic augments. Keep the action real! (At least within the bounds of the above stated.) No super flying killer death leap-kicks. No punching the ground to create a diversionary tremor. (Kicking the cliff face to start a landslide is right out!) They've been trained in weaponry, and all the uses thereof...yes! But if I see anyone doing a one-handed handstand while hosing the combat area with bullets, I just might draw some blood myself. This is supposed to be 'Halo' not 'Crouching Grunt, Hidden Elite'.

(PsycoJoe on 01-18-06 16:33 UTC, permalink)

Inside the movie museum
(Scenes from Hell) Master Chief grabs hold of active camouflage from a stealth elite and decides to wreak havoc on a group of covenant who're hunting for an artifact inside a museum on Cote D'Azur.

What should've been a decent copy of the event in Fall of Reach turns into a series of obvious references to Peter Jackson and Bungie's inspirations, as the Chief heads inside the movies section.

A huge Lord of the Rings exhibit dominates one of the rooms in the movie section. A couple of jackals examine Gondor and Rohan crested helmets, and one or two others look very interestedly at decorated shields.

The invisible chief picks up Sauron's(robust and very weighty) mace, and uses the Dark Lord's fearsome weapon to smite the foul creatures in no time at all.

Then it is to the 'costumes and models' section. An elite finishes examining a Predator suit, and turns to life-sized Alien model. He looks at the jaws and the shape of the head(Doesn't anyone notice the family resemblance?)MC fits some lethal titanium-alloy killing blades to his fist and sneaks between the Elite and the Predator suit to deliver a lethal strike.

Now, to a brute who's standing quite nearby. The whole wall of the exhibit he's facing is covered with posters of the original King Kong and Peter Jackson's remake, model biplanes, and a very large model of the Empire State Building.

The brute looks at a seven-foot replica of Kong roaring and holding a screaming Fay Wray barbie doll. A delighted grin spreads across his ugly mug and he chuckles as he imagines himself in Kong's place. Invisible MC clobbers him with the model Empire State Building.

(UrsusArctos on 01-18-06 16:35 UTC, permalink)

Odds of it being a good movie
(Dialogue) Of course there will be that scence where chief is going to do something risky, and if hollywood has it's way, cortana will spout out some increditable odds. She isn't C3PO, from what I remeber she never did it in the books or game, she spoke plainly, like asking chief "what if you miss?".

(ThumperXC on 01-18-06 16:36 UTC, permalink)

(Characters) Johnson likes gangster rap instead of "flip."

Or starts quoting "The Black Eyed Peas" during a heavy moment of combat:

Lose control, of body and soul.
Don't move too fast, people, just take it slow.
Don't get ahead, just jump into it.
Ya'll hear about it, two peices to it.
Get stutted, get stupid.
- cybrfrk
(an angle on 01-18-06 16:36 UTC, permalink)

Don't Cross the Streams
(Don't do it! OK, do it!) At some point in the movie, in order to boost up their fire power against the Cov, some ensign will recommend drawing shield power or some other Star Trek-like babble to boost either the PoA's weapons' power. Then Cortana will put that ridiculous ensign in his place by telling him that by doing so would overheat the PoA's power core, thereby causing it to become unstable and blowing up to some Star Trek-like babble size. Much like Egon said in "Ghostbuster": don't cross the streams. However, at the end of the movie, to destroy Halo, Cortana will recommend doing the very same thing. Master Chief or whatever comic relief ensign they've allowed to survive for the 9-14 male age demographic will remind her that she said never to divert power because something awful would happen. "No, Egon, you said crossing the streams was bad." Don't cross the streams.

(DenizenZERO on 01-18-06 16:37 UTC, permalink)

MC = Jean-Claude Van-Damme Jr.
(Scared of Realism) Unrealistic weapon reports. Anyone shooting a vehicle with anything other than a Rocket Launcher to blow it up (Van-Damme style). Anyone killing the Pilot or Driver of a vehicle and the vehicle crashing and exploding. Any/All vehicle fire(s) leading to explosion. Unecessary explosions. Unrealistic weapon design.

(IronLion on 01-18-06 16:38 UTC, permalink)

Some thoughts on possible music
(Positive Thinking) I know how much most of us enjoy the current halo music, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on possible music for the movie. When I read the books I was into one album in particular and that was Wiretap Scars by Sparta. Now, I do this with many albums, listen to them on repeat while I read certain books, but this style of music really coincided with the themes of the story. It really seemed like I was in space with the Spartans destroying the covenant ship. I think that would be a good link right there too. Spartans = Sparta. I know that my favorite movie of all time, Donnie Darko, did a bit of linking between the movie themes and the songs... Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears. I have no idea what people would think of this, especially Sparta and those in charge of the movie development, but I would like it. And I don't think it would be a sort of "cheesy catch" to grab audiences either. I think that to take the current halo music and intertwine it with some Sparta would really capture the halo theme in a fresh new style. I don't think that this will ever happen however, but I had to at least give voice to my opinion.

(webby on 01-18-06 16:39 UTC, permalink)

Man vs. Beast
(Characters) Here's betting that the movie will portray the Covenant as little more that vicious beasts, and will neglet to show them as very militarily intelligent.

(Chuck Norris on 01-18-06 16:39 UTC, permalink)

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