It was Aristotle who said "to avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing".
And so, while we're going to say there are some clear shortcomings in this latest Half-Life fan movie, there's much to praise about people who are so dedicated to a cause that they'll see it through to the end.
'Enter the Freeman' is a nine-minute Half-Life movie produced on a $3,000 budget. Mainly due to this being set at night, the financial constraints do not show.
Directed by Ian James Duncan and co-produced by Bernhard Forcher, the short movie brings the events of Half-Life 1 to nonspecific American suburbia. Hued by an unfathomable number of blue light sources, the piece feels like a departure from the tone and visual sensibilities of Valve's flagship series.
There are neat nods to old Half-Life lore, but the ambition to bring this born-to-be-action story into the horror/thriller genre seems over-thought. Moments intended to be tense are, particularly for its target market, rather pedestrian. Half-Life aficionados are not terrified of zombies. It's like directing a horror movie about an ant creeping into a house.
Gordon Freeman talks as well. He does a Bond, James Bond. And the G-Man is on a roof.