‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ live action fan-film adapts Square Enix hit

March 25, 2014 | 5:15 p.m.

The Square Enix hit “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is the latest big-game title to get the live-action, fan-film treatment.

Dcode Films and its founder, Moe Charif, released a twelve-minute short Tuesday on Machinima, with Charif playing the lead character Adam Jensen.

In the game, Jensen is an ex-SWAT specialist who’s been handpicked to oversee the defensive needs of one of America’s most experimental biotechnology firms. After a militaristic team breaks in and kills scientists working there, Jensen, badly wounded during the attack, must be mechanically augmented to survive and pursue the culprits.

The short also focuses on Jensen’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend Megan Reed (played by actress Liannet Borrego) and on a particularly ruthless female assassin, Yelena Fedorova (Shayna Nicole E’Orio).

The game was favorably reviewed at the time of its release — with Joystiq saying: “Compared to Deus Ex 1 (and most games, really), the writing is better, the voice acting is superior (though Jensen sounds like he just drank a stone coral smoothie), the notably multi-ethnic cast is far more interesting, and the future is a lot more realistic.”

The latest installment in the franchise, “Deus Ex: The Fall,” arrived March 19 for PCs and mobile platforms.

The popular game has spawned a DC comic book series and a possible big-screen film adaptation.

– Jevon Phillips | @LATherocomplex

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