Nice Try: Our Review of ‘The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One’

Posted in Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies by - December 09, 2017
Nice Try: Our Review of ‘The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One’

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Story ambition can really only carry you so far…

While you can’t help but appreciate the sense of style and scope that comes to the table with The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One it’s just a little too scattershot only really coming together in the third

In a future where interplanetary colonization is common and humanity is expanding across the galaxy at an alarming rate with governments maxing out their resources and the population continually in the dark, the unimaginable happens.  A dangerous outbreak threatens to destroy everyone on a newly colonized planet and that’s when Lt. Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson) goes against his orders and leaves his post to rescue his young daughter (Teagan Croft) who has just joined him on the outpost.  Kane enlists the help of an escaped prisoner (Kellan Lutz) with a unique history of his own as they battle their way through a planet that is on the brink of tearing itself apart on the precipice of annihilation and saving this little girl might be humanity’s last chance.

It’s important for storytellers to take some risks once in a while and you can’t argue that The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One isn’t at the very least a story with some real potential and interesting elements, it just develops way too slowly with way too many diverging ideas that never mesh into anything that makes all that much sense.

Co-Writer/Director Shane Abbess admittedly has some genuine storytelling chops underneath his belt as he has crafted a visually compelling and interesting tale that has a certain amount of flow to it.  However the narrative takes some pretty big swipes and makes some plot and logic jumps that don’t really work and betray the overall story.  The material was mostly there, but it needed some tweaking as it is going for some pretty high concept science fiction ideals in concert with some straight action set pieces that don’t always mesh as well as you’d think that they should.  It all makes for somewhat of a bold and daring mess that probably reads better on paper then it translates to the screen as this myriad of concepts and ideas all looked pretty good by themselves but never really mesh as a whole.

Daniel MacPherson is building up a solid little resume for himself as a leading man and continues that role here as he looks good as a flawed but compelling hero and is undoubtedly poised for a breakout with the upcoming A Wrinkle In Time.  Opposite him, Kellan Lutz is settling into a rugged leading man slot for budget action and sci-fi movies distancing himself from the Twilight franchise of his previous years while the likes of Isabel Lucas, Temuera Morrison and Rachel Griffiths round out the ensemble with reasonably different results.

Picture and sound quality are solid as expected on the Blu-Ray, and the special features include five behind the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, a music video, photo gallery, concept art and more.

All in all, The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One has enough to keep you engaged but never really gets the material together enough to make for a compelling piece of science-fiction storytelling.  It aims for big and bold and doesn’t quite get there.  While it misses the mark you still have to appreciate the effort.

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David Voigt is a Toronto based writer with a problem and a passion for the moving image and all things cinema. Having moved from production to the critical side of the aisle for well over 10 years now at outlets like Examiner.com, Criticize This, Dork Shelf (Now That Shelf), to.Night Newspaper he’s been all across his city, the country and the continent in search of all the news and reviews that are fit to print from the world of cinema.
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