Red Faction: Origins

5.11 h 31 minX-Ray18+
Jake Mason, son of disgraced hero Alec Mason, must save Mars, and his kidnapped sister, from evil soldiers sworn to destroy life on the Red Planet.
Michael Nankin
Brian J. SmithRobert PatrickKate Vernon
Science FictionFantasy
English [CC]
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Danielle NicoletTamzin MerchantTamer HassamDevon GrayeGareth David-LloydGordon Kennedy
Andrew Kreisberg
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Guy IvieReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Average SyFy movie
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I bought this mainly because Brian J. Smith is in it; I liked him in Stargate Universe and Sens8. The movie itself... about what you'd expect from SyFy. It's based on a video game that I haven't played, so I don't know if it follows game canon. There's nothing here that left me feeling like I was missing some game reference, though. There were some familiar faces from other films/TV shows. The acting is largely mediocre, as is the dialogue. The SFX are not the best, but not the worst, either. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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Evil_AschReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Better than expected
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I'll start by saying I never played any of the source material though I happily identify as a gamer. The film does a decent job involving the unfamiliar audience member (me), and keeps things going at a decent pace. One of the main failings is that while the audience is given enough information to understand that A leads to B and B leads to C so the plot makes sense there's not enough world building around A, B, and C to make the audience care.

I suspect this was intended as a backdoor pilot for a potential series (it certainly ends that way) and I have to admit I would have really enjoyed seeing the world fleshed out a bit more. Can't comment as a fan of the series but as a well versed SF geek and gamer it was a fun way to while away an afternoon. I'd recommend renting over buying.
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R. bouchardReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hey I love scifi
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I saw this on the scifi channel and liked it. I've watched it a few times since i've gotten it from amazon and i'll probably see it a few more times. Its just a typical scifi geek movie. I like the actors the characters they play and the story line. For the budget this movie was made on it wasn't bad. Actually i liked it better than Doom (which had a bigger budget and known actors). Its about different factions of people living on mars in the future who don't get along and a young man trying to find his sister who was kidnapped when he was a child . Everyone tells him shes dead and he won't give up looking for her. Its a take off of a game and i think they did an o.k. job with it.
Gatefan9Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly surprised...from someone who has played the games
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I have watched a ton of video game inspired movies and most of them are just shoot 'em ups, have crappy CGI footage of aliens and spaceships, or have no story at all.

Red Faction Origins is one of the better video game movies I have seen. There is actually a story line involved, albeit a little easy to see coming, but a story nonetheless. This is one of the few SyFy production movies I am going to buy on DVD.

If you have played the games it will help you understand who the basic characters are. If you haven't played the games don't worry about; the movie explains plenty to know who everyone is.

BOTTOM LINE: A well above average production of a video game movie, with good acting, good characterization and a good story line. You shouldn't be disappointed.
Ronald G. WalkerReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A lucky find
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While looking for new video's to watch, I came across "Red Faction" . It was a movie that I had not watched nor had I seen advertised. The cover looked good and the description was promising. The movie was not epic, nor Oscar material, but it was a good solid science fiction movie. Looked a bit low budget but it was very entertaining. I would recommend this film to fans of the genre. You will recognize some familiar faces.
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Mark J. HouseReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Red Faction: The Movie
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SyFy Channel usually airs crappy movies like Sharknado on Saturday nights but once in a while they put more money into making a movie and it turns out to be really, really good. Red Faction is a very good movie. This movie will surprise you in how well it is made for just being on TV and never in the movie theaters. It is not as good as Star Wars or Star Trek, but for a "made for television movie", this really kicks rear end!
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SOLAR USERReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
It was actually good. I have not played the video game in ...
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I was surprised! It was actually good. I have not played the video game in years, but after watching this movie I feel like it is time to dust off the old original xbox in the garage and play this again! Best low budget movie I have seen in while.
Matthew the WayfarerReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't do games so I had no expectations about this SYFY made for TV movie.
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.
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