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Red Faction: Origins (2011)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | TV Movie 4 June 2011
On a Mars colony in the year 2145, an officer in a rebel militia discovers that his sister, who was abducted a dozen years before, is still alive and has been raised as a soldier whose goal is to bring about the destruction of her brother's faction.

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Michael Nankin

Writers:

Danny Bilson (story), Paul De Meo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian J. Smith ... Jake Mason
Danielle Nicolet ... Tess De La Vega
Kate Vernon ... The Matriarch
Tamzin Merchant ... Lyra
Devon Graye ... Leo
Gordon Kennedy ... Corvallis
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Hale
Tamer Hassan ... Stoller
Ariyon Bakare ... Ben Sharpe
Peter Bankole ... Ezra
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Grogan
Robert Patrick ... Alec Mason
Sarah Brown ... Sam
Samuel Davies Samuel Davies ... Young Jake
Isabella Blake-Thomas ... Young Lyra
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On a Mars colony in the year 2145, an officer in a rebel militia discovers that his sister, who was abducted a dozen years before, is still alive and has been raised as a soldier whose goal is to bring about the destruction of her brother's faction. Written by Deeww

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USA

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English

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4 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czerwona frakcja See more »

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The movie is based on a franchise of video games with the same name "Red Faction". See more »

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Alec Mason: The dead don't want anything. That's one of the benefits of being dead.
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Spun-off from Red Faction (2001) See more »

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First Decent Sy Fy Movie in YEARS
4 June 2011 | by dingo865See all my reviews

I've never played the video game, nor have I ever heard of it (other than the recent TV ads for its latest release) so I can't write much about how authentic or faithful it is to its roots. This, in a sense, is a good thing, since a movie should be able to stand on its own.

'Red Faction: Origins' clearly proves two things. The first is that you don't need gazillions of dollars to make a halfway decent movie. Sure, it will certainly not be an Oscar contender, and it uses plenty of (sometimes soap-operaish) clichés and plot twists - some of which you will likely see miles ahead - but compared to the usual idiotic mess that Sy Fy scrapes up from the bottom of their production barrel, this is actually pretty good! It has got a fairly interesting and cohesive story that doesn't violate the basic rules of logic, it has engaging actors/characters, serviceable (if rather low-budget) sets and props, and SFX that range from low- to medium-TV quality. Brian J. Smith is proving himself again to be a reliable performer, Danielle Nicolet is fairly good, and there is a whole host of well- and semi-well-known actors who offer up (mostly) solid work - though the characters as written don't necessarily offer much to work with.

The other thing this movie proves is that Sy Fy is obviously capable of producing SF B-movies of reasonable quality - which means all the crud they have been pushing unto the long-suffering fans for nearly a decade is not by accident; they must be doing them on purpose. And this thought, frankly, is both depressing and maddening.

If you are an SF fan, 'Red Faction: Origins' is well worth watching. Again, not in the same class as 'Dune' or some other, more polished efforts, and SyFy sure as heck didn't invest more money in it than the absolute minimum they could get away with, but it is solid Sunday afternoon/evening entertainment. In short: the first SyFy movie in a decade or so that didn't send me into screaming fit of rage over SyFy Channel's industrialized incompetence.


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