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.
“The Osiris Child” is in no way the product of a major Hollywood studio, on the contrary, it is truly an independent feature and what makes it even more remarkable, is the fact that it looks like a big-budget film that employs special effects and CGI that could rival that of any “Star Wars” movie out there. Most indie sci-fi films suffer from cheesy CGI and terrible acting but thanks to deft direction by Shane Abbess and a first-rate cast, led by Kellan Lutz, “The Osiris Child” is one of this year’s most enjoyable features.
Set in the future, Lt. Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson) is racked with guilt after his previous mission failed and most of his squadron never returned. His young daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) is what keeps him going every day. He works for an off-world military contractor called Exor whose space station orbits a planet where they monitor on the surface below, the biggest maximum security prison ever built. It houses all kinds of loathsome and dangerous criminals but Kane discovers that Exor have been carrying out experiments on the prisoners and turning them into hideous monsters and when they overrun the prison and can’t be stopped, Exor decides to disintegrate the prison and all of its inhabitants but also the nearby capital city of Osiris, where Kane’s daughter Indi lives. Kane makes his way down to the surface and with the help of an escaped convict called Sy Lombrok (Kellan Lutz), they team up to help save Indi and plan on getting off the planet before Exor wipes them out.
I hadn’t heard much about “The Osiris Child” before I saw it but in this case, that’s a good thing. I’ve been to so many screenings and have watched so many films where I knew almost everything about it before the first frame graced the screen but here, knowing very little about the movie in advance made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Australian director Shane Abbess also directed another low-budget supernatural thriller in 2007 called “Gabriel” and another sci-fi picture called “Infini,” both entertaining in their own right and he is a filmmaker I will be keeping my eye on in the future because if he can take a low-budget movie like “The Osiris Child” and give it a $100 million look, imagine what he could do with $100 million.
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