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“The Osiris Child” A fascinating Sci-fi Adventure

Kind of a cool way to search the movie The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume one hits home on Blu-ray and DVD. With nice special effects, a good storyline involving a lot of action and sets that deliver outer space, the show plays well. If you like sci-fi films involving interesting characters played by an experienced cast, then this one should fit the bill.

Earth fighter pilot Lt. Kane Sommerville has been sent to a newly colonized planet
Exor in a galaxy beyond Earth where he’s been for some time. His 11-year old daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) that he had left behind on Earth with his ex-wife April (Louisa Mignone) has come to visit him. She’s excited about exploring her new world. During Lt. Kane’s regular week of service aboard the Flotilla, a hovering military base above Exor, General Lynex (Rachel Griffiths) gets word that the prison filled with hardened criminals that’s located on the planet below has had a prison break.

Daniel MacPherson as Lt. Kane Sommerville and Kellan Lutz as Sy Lombrok in the sci-fi thriller “THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE” an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo courtesy of Sean O’Reilly.

The prison also houses a lab where a special virus has been developed as a military weapon. General Lynex is considering a complete decimation of the prison that would spread the virus on the planet killing millions. Fearing that Indi may be in danger Lt. Kane leaves his post and heads back to Exor to find his daughter. Being AWOL from the base, his only help comes from Sy Lombrok (Kellan Lutz) an escaped prisoner from the jail.

“THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE” an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo courtesy of Film Frame

The movie, labeled as volume one, plays out like a good sci-fi movie and has a lot of action. I especially liked the sky fighting that reminds me somewhat of the X-Wing fighter scenes in Star Wars. That said, the film has a weakness of being helmed by an inexperienced director who seems has not yet mastered good acting direction techniques.

 

Teagan Croft as Indi Sommerville and Daniel MacPherson as Lt. Kane Sommerville in the sci-fi thriller “THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE” an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo courtesy of Sean O’Reilly.

However, although directorial duties are weak with inexperienced Shane Abbess, he does try hard to get his cast to build their characters as the movie plays out. That said, his writing skills are very good establishing a new creative space adventure that entertains. I like his creatures, sets, special effects and adventure that encompass his new universe. It takes about 15 minutes to get a good feel for the roles, but it’s truly worth it.

BONUS FEATURES:

The Blu-ray/DVD combo has a good group of Extras.
“Making the Osiris Child” includes the following sections. Beginning of the End, Living off World, The Monster Within, The Sound of Tomorrow and A Bigger World.
“Deleted Scenes” include the following scenes. Emergency, Warden’s Lunch, and Warning.
“Mama I Miss You So” a music video
“Photo Gallery” with some awesome shots from the movie
“Concept Gallery” with drawings and art from the movie including the space fighters, the flotilla and much more.

Isabel Lucas as Gyp and Daniel MacPherson as Lt. Kane Sommerville in the sci-fi thriller “THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE” an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo courtesy of Sean O’Reilly

One last note is the question of whether there will be a second volume? After all this film was pretty entertaining, so why not? The ending leaves it wide often for a chapter 2, but a lot of movies had that kind of finale and never reached out for a “volume 2”. Well, cost of production may be a reason as this TV show must have had an enormous bill for the making of, especially the special effects, stunts and costumes. You may however, get a clue from the bonus feature “Making the Osiris Child”.

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume one has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains language, violence, brutality, drug use, and gore. The monsters are very fierce and ugly. Please be cautious when having immature youngsters watch the film.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A cool film that could have been way more than average.

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Luke Ford, Isabel Lucas, Temuera Morrison, Rachel Griffiths, Teagan Croft, Ford Sarhan, Vincent Andriano, Bren Foster, and Louisa Mignone
Director: Shane Abbess
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language, violence, drug use
Genre: Sci-fi, Action Adventure
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Video Release Date: December 5, 2017
Original Theatrical Release Date: October 6, 2017
Language: English
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Video: Widescreen, Ratio 2.66:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Number of Discs: 2 discs in combo box
Distributed by: RLJ Entertainment

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com

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