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Recon 2023: The Gauda Prime Conspiracy

Sponsored by: STM

Montreal Premiere

  • Quebec 2009
  • 101 min
  • video
  • English
Hosted by director Christian Viel

Official Selection, Sci-Fi-London 2009

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Director: Christian Viel
Screenplay: John Fallon, Christian Viel
Cast: Anderson Bradshaw, Heidi Hawkins, Deke Richards, John Fallon
Producers: Alexandre Michaud, Christian Viel
Distributor: Movie Seals


For 23 years now, Earth has been at war with the Ma’hars, an alien species set on annihilating the human race forever. In hopes of bringing this interstellar conflict to an end, Lt. Sharp and a small team of soldiers are sent to the planet Gauda Prime to carry out a secret mission. There, in the middle of a barren desert, lies the Ma’hars’ ultimate weapon, capable of closing the books on human history—permanently. With the help of seductive female cyborgs, Sharp and his team will have to face Gauda Prime’s strange and menacing wildlife, as well as an extremely disfigured mercenary by the name of Face, henchman for Machiavellian conspirators who wish nothing more than to see our planet destroyed.

Fantasia audiences who have followed the RECON series throughout the years won’t want to miss this new episode for the world. Director Christian Viel reunites with his usual crew, including John “Arrow in the Head” Fallon, who wrote the script and plays the vicious cyber-merc onscreen. He also reconnects with his audience by giving them exactly what they want—action sequences choreographed by a local genre specialist, one of which is rather stunning in its direct reference to Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW. In Quebec, Christian Viel is definitely an example for independent filmmakers to follow. Without government financing, he still manages to produce science fiction films as entertaining as their Hollywood counterparts, and which have found success abroad. Watching his new film, one can’t help but wonder what Viel could do with a TRANSFORMERS-calibre budget, seeing how RECON 2023: THE GAUDA PRIME CONSPIRACY overflows with talent!

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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