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Red Faction Origins
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Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason (Robert Patrick) led the Martian Colonies to freedom …and 12 years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra (Tamzin Merchant), and left a broken hero in their wake. Jake Mason (Brian J. Smith), Alec's last surviving son and an officer in the Red Faction Militia, has his world turned inside out when he discovers that now, 12 years after her kidnapping, his sister is still alive. As a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, Jake goes out to find her, only to learn that his lost sister is one of them…a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction. Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn apart by war.
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Years after the liberation of Mars, Robert Patrick plays hero Alec Mason who is still reeling from the death of his wife and the abduction of his daughter. On a routine recovery mission, his son Jake (Brian J. Smith) encounters soldiers representing a force thought long absent from the planet. More significantly, it appears that his now-grown sister is among them. Setting off on a dangerous scheme to find his long lost sibling, he stumbles upon a more nefarious plot to undermine the political stability of the planet's two opposing factions. Smith gives an understated performance as the determined hero, while Patrick lends surprising depth as the disillusioned patriarch. Less successful are a plucky sidekick and romantic interest--a little too upbeat and conventional. The sister, as well, has her life completely upended but has little emotional connection to the people she's been raised with for about 20 years--no complicated moral dilemma here! Science fiction fans might also appreciate seeing Battlestar Gallactica's Kate Vernon and Torchwood's Gareth David-Lloyd in smaller, but pivotal, roles.
I'm not contending that "Red Faction: Origins" is a remarkable new science fiction epic that can't be missed. But for a SyFy network original, it stands heads above much of their recent fare. Again, if you want a brutal battle film approximating the video game play--this isn't it! This is a story of one family and their quest to come together again. It is driven by character as opposed to action mayhem. And on its own terms, it succeeds at what it is attempting to do. Whether that is good enough for some of the franchise fans remains to be seen--but I suspect the reaction will be divisive and vocal. For me, this rates about 3 1/2 stars which I'm rounding up for being so much better than I had anticipated. KGHarris, 6/11.
I was pleasantly surprised. A solid cast with better than average performances, not that it's perfect by any means.
Some of the situations were less than believable such as how easy everyone seemed to be able to get by everyone else's security. I thought the action was well done and the hand to hand fighting was good. The CGI special effects
was better than most SYFY channel movies.
As the previous reviewer stated it was more family drama and not action thriller which was a good change of pace considering most syfy/fantasy movies rely overly much on action and constant gun battles and explosions. I thought it had a good balance. I don't know how it would work for a series as I stated I don't do games and so I don't know anything about what enemies these new Martians would have other than Earthers.
The one big disappointment was Robert Patrick wouldn't be around for a series. I have always like him and he was commendable as the war hero turned alcoholic who redeems himself. I guess he doesn't want to get stuck in a regular series after XFILES. Too bad.
Well, there it is. As my title indicates, this movie is not for gamers who will do nothing but malign it and throw insults even though from the first news of this it was clear it had nothing to do with the games.
I'm pre-ordering right now. i don't know if there will be any extras or additional scenes but I'll settle for what I saw and be happy to watch it over , several times I'm sure.