Science fiction films can be very hit or miss…for every Star Trek II you get a Star Trek III, for every Fifth Element you get a Battlefield Earth, for every…actually, you get the idea. I tend to think it’s a little heart wrenching when one of them comes out and bombs also, simply because they are often labors of love. Anybody with a camera can pay some jerkweed $50 to wear a loincloth in the woods and make Barbartor, King of The Barbarian Jungle, but it takes a few bucks and delusions of Gene Roddenberry to make up some pink rocks and spaceships to try to film Escape from Planet Zorklesnap.
So how does Australian production The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One fare on the scale of David Lynch’s Dune to the SyFy Channel mini-series Dune? Come have a seat on Uncle Manhammer’s lap, nieces and nephews, and I’ll tell you.
The Movie Itself (4/5)
The movie itself is an ambitious, yet simple story. Kane, our hero, breaks out of the military base sky-fortress he lives in to save his daughter Indi from Raggeds (think Xenomorphs from Aliens except generic enough to not be sued by Fox). He’s joined by the meathead from Twilight (Kellan Lutz, who is surprisingly good in this) as the prison escapee with a heart of gold who reluctantly agrees to help. From there we’re treated to a fast paced science fiction romp filled with solid effects and great atmosphere.
The Osiris Child is actually quite refreshing. While not breaking any new ground it’s polished and entertaining enough to where it should garner a cult following. One of the only criticisms I can lay at its feet is the plodding first act. The exposition takes twenty minutes to establish and could have been done well enough in five. Hell, the trailer does it in two minutes and thirty seconds.
Visuals/Picture Quality (5/5)
The movie is a low budget affair, but every dollar was put to good use. The look feels gritty and futuristic with a minimalist palette. The overall look is very utilitarian, sweeping everywhere from costumes to vehicles. Never once does it feel like you’re looking at re-purposed shower curtain liners or cheap toys spray painted silver. There appears to be a legitimate world beyond what we see on screen, not just flat walls that could fall any moment.
Score/Audio Quality (4/5)
I could hear this one pretty well on my soundbar. Anyone familiar with my reviews knows how much I hate having to pump up the volume during dialogue heavy scenes and dropping it back down when the action scenes become ear splitting, but this was actually mixed pretty well.
Special Features (3/5)
Given the nature of this release, the special features are actually quite nice. There are several behind the scenes featurettes detailing the production of the film and the visual effects…pretty interesting all in all. Though if they’re not your cup of tea to begin with, these aren’t going to sway you on supplements. In addition, there’s a handful of deleted scenes which were cut for obvious reasons, but I”m glad they’re on the disc for posterity’s sake. Otherwise we’re treated to a music video and galleries for the trailers and productions stills. Totally an aside here, but has anyone actually looked through a gallery of production stills on a disc? I think I might have the first time I noticed it was a feature, but never again.
Making The Osiris Child (28:56)
- Beginning of the End
- Living Off World
- The Monster Within
- The Sound of Tomorrow
- A Bigger World
Deleted Scenes (05:27)
- Warden’s Landing
The Visual Effects (07:15)
“Mama I Miss You So” Music Video (03:15)
Concept Art Gallery
- The Colony
- Odd Thomas
It’s a Blu-ray disc on one side. It’s a DVD on the other side! It has a slipcover! The discs fit in the case! The case snaps shut! The slip goes over all of it…But, let’s take a minute here…see that picture of the front? With the man and little girl? That man isn’t the main character of the film. I know you can only see half his face, but that’s the Meathead from Twilight. A supporting character. With another supporting character.
Who was in charge of marketing this movie? I understand you want your biggest name up front, which is why Channing Tatum gets high billing on Kingsman: The Golden Circle despite having about ten minutes of screen time. But Kellan Lutz is your biggest name and judging from his past franchise (Twilight) those fans aren’t going to make the transition here.
And while we’re on marketing, who in their right mind decided the full name of this movie was The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One? Was there concern it would be mistaken for The Osiris Child: Softcore Pornography Volume Five? Or The Osiris Child: Korean Romantic Comedy Part 2? Maybe we can rename movies to include their genre. Apocalypse Now: War Film Volume One.
Now, the above complaints are not directed towards the movie itself, which was actually very good, but I level them at whomever got high and made some pretty crucial choices about how much money this movie could make.
- Aspect ratio: 2.66:1
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- English SDH
Runtime 99 Mins
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One Overall (4/5)
Supposedly this is the start of a new anthology series. I hope that’s the case, because we could use more competent science fiction in the world. 2017 gave us Valerian and now this…I”m happy with that. Check this one out. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One is out now on Blu-ray and available from Amazon or other fine retailers.
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