Red Faction: Origins full movie review - not terrible but not great either..
first I just want to say this movie is not terrible but it is not great either. When I heard the developers say they are going to make a movie and it wont be animated like the dead space movies are, that it is going to be live action, it got my attention.
. Then when they say syfy will air it on a Saturday night, that's when I got a pit in my stomach.. Everyone knows any film that debuts on syfy on Saturday nights is nothing but trash. Still I gave it a shot and a few things bothered me. The Matriarch of the marauders, who is she? her and Alec mason obviously know each other, shes not Sasha because Sasha is dead and obviously not Samonya. The next thing is, for a movie based on a series of games that's nothing but blowing crap up, the movie is lacking a lot of action scenes. There are a few take downs here and there and a couple hand to hand fights and maybe one shoot out but seriously the movie needed much more action scenes for it to be called red faction.
As for the story, this may contain spoilers here, We are following Jake mason, the son of Alec mason who has joined red faction and is on a personal quest to find his little sister that was kidnapped by a group of white soldiers when they were kids, while on his quest he discovers something much more is at stake than his sister's well being. They say this movie was suppose to bridge the gap between guerrilla and Armageddon but it doesn't, it is more of a spin off of the main storyline, if anything we get to see the major villain in Armageddon of who he was in his younger years and why he is so crazy in the game, other than that, has nothing to do with the events following Armageddon. The acting itself was decent, somethings annoyed me that i felt was a waste of time, it the scene where Jake asked the girl to distract the guard by taking off her shirt, I thought that was unnecessary b/c if you were in a life or death situation, would you start making jokes about showing your chest to a trained cold blood killer hoping he would be distracted? The girl herself was just an annoying character all together.
So basically we have a decent story with decent acting with some unnecessary jokes at a very wrong time, not much action scenes, what else is there// oh yes I am sorry I forgot to mention. I thought the environment was awesome in this movie. We only got to see the bad lands and Eos but thought it was pretty cool and the special effects were much better than most syfy movies, not the usual megashark versus robot octopus or whatever the heck that garbage is called. The spaceships exteriors and interiors were pretty cool, the explosions we did have looked nice, I say the special effects they used were about medium range in quality. The red faction uniforms I felt were awesome, i got very excited when I saw Jake mason pull up in a real looking red faction uniform outside of a video game. Well yes, I guess that's about it, the movie is average at best, not for everyone so I expect to see a lot of people hating it right off the bat