Red Faction: Origins (2011) Adaptation 🪐 Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions

Red Faction Adaptation

The Red Faction game series has been praised for its long play-time, smart AI, and immersive gameplay, that takes advantage of its Geo-Mod (“Geometry Modification”) engine that enables players to destroy walls, floors, and all kinds of level features with weapons.

The series has had three unique styles of gameplay among its four released titles: first-person and third-person shooter, as well as third-person corridor shooter.

  • Red Faction (2001)
  • Red Faction II (2002)
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon (2011)

Despite being out for a decade, almost no one knows about this series. And for the same reason, most fans of it don’t even know there’s a movie adaptation of Red Faction.


Everything About Red Faction: Origins (2011)

Red Faction Origins (2011) poster
Source: THQ / Universal Cable Productions / Syfy


Production, Release Date, and Reception

Red Faction: Origins is a science-fiction pilot movie, which was produced by UFO Films and Universal Cable Productions. The movie launched on June 4th, 2011, in accordance with the release of the fourth game in the Red Faction series, Red Faction: Armageddon, which was released on June 7th of the same year.

Red Faction: Origins (2011) Trailer


The movie was unveiled on April 16, 2010, by the cable channel SyFy. The film was promoted as a two-hour pilot movie. So, if the movie received great reviews, it would become a TV series. Volition, the developer of the Red Faction franchise, confirmed the release of the movie and its release date on July 19, 2010.

The public reception wasn’t great. Fans of the Red Faction series had a mixed response, with some liking the movie while others hated it. Movie critics gave negative reviews, with scores averaging at around 4/10.


Cast and Characters

  • Brian J. Smith (Lieutenant Jake Mason)
  • Samuel Davies (Young Jake Mason)
  • Danielle Nicolet (Tess De La Vega)
  • Kate Vernon (Matriarch Omay)
  • Tamzin Merchant (Lyra Mason)
  • Isabella Blake-Thomas (Young Lyra Mason)
  • Devon Graye (Leonid “Leo”)
  • Gordon Kennedy (Corvallis)
  • Gareth David-Lloyd (Adam Hale)
  • Tamer Hassan (Stroller)
  • Ariyon Bakare (Ben Sharpe)
  • Peter Bankolé (Ezra)
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Grogan)
  • Robert Patrick (Alec Mason)
  • Sarah Brown (Samanya “Sam” Mason)
  • Ana Mulvoy Ten (Vayla)


The film takes place in the year 2145. The characters are on a Mars colony. A rebel militia officer finds out that his sister, who he thought was kidnapped 12 years before, is alive. She has been trained as a soldier, and she’s aiming to destroy her brother’s group.

For the fans of the Red Faction series, the movie takes place between Red Faction: Armageddon and Red Faction: Guerilla, centering on Jake Mason, who’s played by Brian J. Smith. Jake Mason is the last living son of Alec Mason, a Martian freedom fighter. 

The film carries on 12 years after Alec’s help in the Martians’ war for independence against the Earth Defence Force (also known as EDF), which the Martians won. At the start of the film, we see Jake working as a Red Faction Militia officer. Alec, on the other hand, has become depressed, a drunk, and an embarrassment to his family.

Jake soon discovers that his long-lost sister, Lyra (portrayed by Tamzin Merchant), whom he thought had been abducted, is alive and well. This turns Jake’s world upside down. 

Initially, it was believed that a rival group at odds with the Colonists, known as the Marauders, was responsible for Lyra’s abduction. Jake, however, thinks that Lyra was taken away by a few white soldiers when both he and Lyra were children.

These memories end up being true. Jake finds the ruins of a shattered EDF satellite. His biggest shock is yet to come, though. He finds out that his own sister has become a member of the faction that wants to put an end to the Red Faction.

Now, it’s Jake’s duty to reconnect with his family, in order to fight his planet’s threat. To do that, he must convince the Martian community to unite one more time.



Review and Opinions

Red Faction: Origins was produced by the department in charge of producing drama series. This is very clear in the ending of the film, which sets up a good continuation of the story.

For the fans of the Red Faction franchise, the characters in the movie are true to the game, and the storyline doesn’t branch out much from the games. The writer of the film, Andrew Kreisberg, manages to link the movie with Red Faction: Armageddon, while still telling an engaging story and adding pieces to improve upon the franchise.

Many of the sound effects and designs were ported from the game to the movie, which is a really nice touch for the fans of the games. The movie doesn’t shy away from mentioning parts of the series as well. There are also a few pieces of in-game footage in the starting montage of the film.

With the amazing direction of Michael Nankin, Red Faction: Origins reaches a higher level than the majority of video-game adaptations. At the same time, Bear McCreary’s music gives that extra touch of tension to each scene.

The DVD version of the film is the same as watching it on the TV. Being a low-budget movie, the effects look identical to the TV version. Apart from these, though, the film looks much better.

The colors look really natural and the picture has great details, alongside being really smooth and solid. And while it might not be feature quality, it’s not disappointing at all.

Cindy White of IGN Movies: “It offers a compelling (if formulaic) story of redemption that doesn’t feel like a waste of a good 90 minutes.”

James O’Ehley of Sci-Fi Movie Page: “Stands head and shoulders above the scraping of the bottom of the Sarlac pit world of Syfy movies such as Almighty Thor and Battle of Los Angeles. That however doesn’t mean that it is any good though.”