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The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One

4 stars

All praise goes to writer/director Australia’s Shane Abbess (Gabriel, Infini).  Remember that name, genre fans.  It’s going to mean something to you (if it doesn’t already) because what this artist has assembled with his latest release is going to stand the test of time. The Osiris Child is THAT good.

Abess and his team of creators have put together something pretty damn amazing with the release of The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One.  And, with the movie going toe-to-toe with Blade Runner 2049, I think they know it, too.  Now, if we can just get more eyes on this rather expressive gem of science fiction, well, we might just get a second installment. 

The Osiris Child is a low-budget marvel.  With a series of framing devices in place – the countdown clock, some narration, chapter titles, and narrative leaps in time – and a spirited sense of its duty to tell a FULL story, this narrative about an ace fighter pilot who lands to rescue his child from a monstrous beast could have easily veered off course.  It doesn’t and that’s a credit to the entire production team who keep this one polished with stylish effects, both CGI and practical, as we travel from the upper regions of the atmosphere to the lowest of valleys below in search of a child.

Filmed in Australia and starring Daniel MacPherson as Lt. Kane Sommerville and Teagan Croft as his daughter, Indi, The Osiris Child is set inside a future where the push for colonization has been built upon the backbone of prisoners.  There’s a riot down below and the people up top – safe in the Flotilla, a military-minded structure – make decisions that impact the civilians down below. 

Soon, thanks to one poor decision previously made, Sommerville breaks rank from Exor, the military contractor in charge of all new colonies, escapes from the Flotilla, and flies his spacecraft – after a stunning dogfight tears lasers across the screen – in a space race to the ground below.  His daughter must be rescued.  And it’s all because of a deep and deadly secret that is about to be unleashed onto the members of the unsuspecting colony.

The clock is ticking with Sommerville in rescue mode as he must get to his daughter before she is crushed by an ungodly force, man-made Raggeds, that are to be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the newly established colony.  The mutant ninja-like creations are rendered here in a practical manner – think Farscape or The Dark Crystal – and absolutely work to nurture a mythology hinted at by the ending of the movie.

Sommerville is blind with the fury of protecting his only child and, in his mind, the Raggeds must be stopped at all costs.  Damn them all to hell.  Good thing he joins forces with Sy (Kellan Lutz), Gyp (Isabel Lucas), and Bill (Luke Ford), who all agree to help him – as they form a very motley crew of criminals – for shelter from the coming apocalypse.  But will they make it?  And at what cost? 

With lived-in practical environments and interesting characters, The Osiris Child is a smartly paced journey of futureshock woes.  It is articulate in its adventure, never weak in delivery, and creates characters – thanks to the Tarantino-esque framing devices mentioned earlier – that you can’t help but care about.  Honestly, the only thing this one is missing is a better, more fan-friendly score from composer Brian Cachia.  It doesn’t quite get the engine purring like everything else does. 

The Osiris Child fills out its throwback vibe of madcap serials quite nicely and, with an ending that definitely keeps us on our toes, knows exactly what it is to all those genre-type gore-gore gorillas out there: a b-movie once found in a video store that you took a chance on based solely on the cover art.  Word of mouth will carry this title far across the galaxy.  Start talking it up now. 

Storm Vision Entertainment, Cutting Edge, and RLJ Entertainment know about Australia’s Abbess.  With this film, complete with its uniform American accents primed for the international market, it’s time you did, too.  Don't panic.  There will be a choice this weekend.  And when the favored science fiction flick has sold out, there will be another to see...with an even longer name to go see.

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One

MPAA Rating: Not rated
Runtime:
95 mins
Director
: Shane Abbess
Writer:
Shane Abbess
Cast:
Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas
Genre
: Sci-fi
Tagline:

Memorable Movie Quote: "This place will become your own personal hell."
Theatrical Distributor:
RLJ Entertainment
Official Site:
Release Date:
September 2017
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
No details available.
Synopsis: Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonization, an unlikely pair race against an impending global crisis and are confronted by the monsters that live inside us all.

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