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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (2012)

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Set before Mass Effect 3, James Vega and a group of soldiers try to protect a human colony from the Collectors, who wish to capture the colonists for unknown purposes.


Atsushi Takeuchi


Henry Gilroy (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Lieutenant James Vega (voice)
Monica Rial ... Treeya (voice)
Vic Mignogna ... Messner (voice)
Todd Haberkorn ... Milque (voice)
Eric Vale ... Essex (voice)
Josh Grelle ... Nicky (voice)
Travis Willingham ... Captain Toni (voice)
Justin Cook ... Brood (voice)
Marc Swint Marc Swint ... Mason (voice)
Bruce Carey ... Admiral Hackett (voice)
Laura Bailey ... Kamille (voice)
Jad Saxton Jad Saxton ... April (voice)
Kara Edwards ... Christine (voice)
Jason Douglas ... Archuk (voice)
Patrick Seitz ... Captain David Anderson (voice)


An untold chapter in the Mass Effect saga, following the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega, as he leads a squad of elite special forces into battle against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his troops must protect the inhabitants from an invasion of the deadly insectoid warriors determined to collect the population for unknown purposes. Soon after the attack, Vega's commanding officer falls in battle, forcing the young officer to embrace the responsibility of leadership for the colony's survival. Having idolized Earth's greatest hero and warrior, Commander Shepard (the central character in the Mass Effect video games), the young and idealistic Vega must now make life and the death decisions that will effect not only the lives of his squad, but the lives of every person in the colony - all of whom he has sworn to protect. Fighting valiantly for every life in his hands, Vega soon discovers the path of ... Written by Henry Gilroy

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A non-fan review.
11 February 2013 | by scorp76See all my reviews

First off, let me state I only played half-way through the first game and didn't touch the second or third. I despise the cheap emotional and sex ploys employed in the game just to beef up a weak story.

So when watching this amerime my sister who is a bigger fan (1st and 2nd game and novel) sit with me so I can check with her some facts about the story.

So here is my impression and opinions of the Paragon Lost: The art was inferior to what other game franchises put out i.e. Halo. And sometimes highly inconsistent.

The director had either very bad storyboards or was left to his own imagination on how each scene was to be played out that you will encounter a lot anime art (gestures, postures) tropes you in fast and cheap anime series.

The story overall was dull and weak. There was not much on character backgrounds or settings and with even that it felt dragged out.

The voice acting ranged from OK (Freddie Prince Jr, Laura Bailey and Monica Rial) to 1990s-2000s style dubbing (Jad Saxton biggest offender no offence to her). I totally blame the voice director.

With all this in mind I would have right this movie a 3 or 4 but and there is a big but I follow one rule, "The end justifies the means." Which means that no matter crappy the beginning and middle of a story is, the ending if it is good will allow forgiveness for the rest.

And I must say the ending did not cop out despite the red herrings in the 1st and 2nd act would like you to believe. The ending shows a realistic and only logically conclusion to the time and situation present for that I am grateful.

If I would recommend this movie to buy it may, just maybe for the ending that is similar to the choices you have to make in the games time and again. But if you are not a fan then rent it. The ending is much better that most other sci-fi movies that have great 1st and 2nd acts but fails to pay off in the final 3rd act which always leaves me angry (like all the hype build up just to be disappointed when you finally see the crap product).

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