Movie rating 6/10
For a Sci-Fi fan, I have concerns and issues that can break a movie: too much CGI, insane amounts of explosives, lack or too much plotline, choice of cast – I can name a fair few. However, rather then arrive and armed with a checklist in tow, I was literally blown away by the edge of your seats action and how the story flowed – it’s a good thing I left that list at home.
Written and directed by Shane Abbess, he’s aim was to move away from the expectations of major studio heads and produce an evolving saga that grows from strength to strength. Utilising local but well known talent (Rachel Griffith, Temuera Morrison), throw in an international actor, a new child actress and you got yourself a winning formula reminiscent to Mad Max.
Without giving too much away, the movie opens to a distant future on a planet beyond the Solar System. Where space travel, interplanetary exploration and colonisation is possible. However, disaster strikes when the threat of an unknown species is causing havoc and chaos in all the colonised cities on the planet’s surface. Thus making the hero, Lieutenant Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson) to do the impossible and what most parents will do first and foremost: abandon his post to rescue his only daughter, currently residing in Osiris, one of the colonised cities. He crossed paths with a mysterious stranger, Sy Lombrok (Kellan Lutz – Twilight Saga, Immortals) as his guide to take him to the capital city where his daughter Indy Sommerville (newcomer Teagan Croft) is residing. Add to it supporting crew to aid Kane’s journey across the unforgiving landscape – Gyp (Isabel Lucas) and Bill (Luke Ford).
One thing that caught my eye is how the story is divided into chapters: focusing on Kane’s and Sy’s stories consecutively. How it all ties up from the start may left you guessing at first. However, without dragging the movie on and no loopholes, it flows all the way to the very end. For a movie on a budget, the special effects is actually not bad – think old school puppetry and no insane amounts of CGI overload. The cast portrayed their characters convincingly well and meeting them for their Q & A in Sydney during their promotional tour, I am convinced that it takes more then, “to think outside the square” or “get out of their comfort zone”. Lastly, the direction and script by Abbess himself has gone through a fine tooth comb to ensure that his audience remain captivated all the way from start to finish.
I can see this movie grow from it’s small beginnings to greater opportunities ahead. With this winning combination, a stellar cast and crew and the direction by Abbess, I cannot wait to see more of the interstellar saga.
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One comes out in cinemas on May 18 2017 and will be played at selected cinemas across Australia.