Red Faction: Origins, the film meant to bridge the gap between Rad Faction: Guerilla and Red Faction: Armageddon, premiered last night on SyFy. Did you catch it? Normally I wouldn't expect much from a video game movie adaptation, especially one that's made for cable. But, this film was actually fairly impressive. But don't worry if you missed it. Red Factions: Origins will air again on June 6 at 5:30 PM Eastern / 4:30 PM Central on SyFy.
The story picks up nearly 25 years after the events of Guerilla, and Robert Patrick is badass as a grizzled, elder Alec Mason who has taken to drowning the sorrow over his murdered wife and lost daughter with alcohol and bar fights. From the opening scene with Alec holed up in a bar, you'll notice familiar Red Faction architecture, clothing, graphic logos, and you can even spot b-roll from the game in the background on the video screens during a news broadcast.
The performances are solid all around (and damn, now I want a prequel movie with Robert Patrick as Alec Mason back in his heyday), and it's impressive that SyFy can do on shoestring budget what Hollywood can't seem to do with hundreds millions of dollars: make a good video game movie. Head on beyond the break to watch a trailer for the movie, and tune in tomorrow as a break during all of the E3 madness!