Red Faction: Origins

  • Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 4, 2011
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  1. Feb 28, 2016
    6
    Red Faction: Origins is a TV movie set in the universe of Red Faction computer game series. It details the events between Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon computer games on terraformed Mars of mid-22nd century. It's one of the latest movies depicting human colonies on Mars.

    Sadly the setting of the movie looks more like some mix of soviet Siberia and futuristic wild
    Red Faction: Origins is a TV movie set in the universe of Red Faction computer game series. It details the events between Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon computer games on terraformed Mars of mid-22nd century. It's one of the latest movies depicting human colonies on Mars.

    Sadly the setting of the movie looks more like some mix of soviet Siberia and futuristic wild West than believable colonies on terraformed Mars. Also it's hardly believable for terraformation of Mars to be in such a final stage (they can freely travel around Mars without wearing any kind of mask or suit) as fast as by the mid-22nd century (scientific research shows it could be done in 900, maybe 300 years, but definitely not in 100 years after the terraformation efforts starts);

    The sequences of the movie are not well-connected with important explanation missing in between. For example how a bunch of average marauders (a militant group of savage outcasts) could enter an obviously super-high security military base.

    The "good guys" seems to be too lucky and too overpowered with the "bad guys" acting as clumsy inapts. For example two average marauders can kill a large group of well trained soldiers with ease. It doesn't look very believable.

    Read full review @ HumanMars.net
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  2. Nov 1, 2013
    6
    While not strictly faithful to the game its still close enough to be relevant(think Dune movies vs. Books) and captures the theme of the games pretty well. And its not as if the games have such a fantastic story to begin with, at least not the newer titles.

    This movie has some great actors from US and UK sci-fi shows and they all do a pretty good job. Certainly you will have seen them
    While not strictly faithful to the game its still close enough to be relevant(think Dune movies vs. Books) and captures the theme of the games pretty well. And its not as if the games have such a fantastic story to begin with, at least not the newer titles.

    This movie has some great actors from US and UK sci-fi shows and they all do a pretty good job. Certainly you will have seen them all put on better performances but they are all capable actors. The story was pretty good although it would have been just as good a movie set during the time frame of the games and opened up a potential franchise of decent TV movies or miniseries.

    Certainly worth watching for fans of the game and its a great example that just because its a game doesn't mean the movie has to suck. Yes I am talking to you Herr Boll. And as a standalone movie it is brilliant even better considering it is a TV movie. And its by far the best syfy movie I have seen in a long time if ever and if it had more budget it could certainly have had a successful theatre release.

    A solid movie and an excellent watch, its pretty much a 6 but I gave it a 7 for being an example of a game adaptation done right and some favourite actors having good parts.
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 6, 2011
    75
    Red Faction: Origins is light-years brighter than the typical Syfy Saturday dreck.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jun 3, 2011
    67
    It's definitely not at that level [Battlestar Galactia], but with significantly higher production values and better acting (including from T-1000 Robert Patrick) than the vast majority of Syfy ventures, it easily steps up and over a bar that's set so very, very low.