New to Blu: Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child (2017) Reviewed

Australia gets it right. Again. The Osiris Child succeeds.

Every once in a while a film will come along that rises above its meager means to unravel a stunning new vision in science fiction. 

While The Osiris Child blends numerous thematic elements from other films and series, it's one of the truest sci-fi features of 2017 and it's one that takes its story very seriously. Using a non-chronological timeline, Science Fiction Volume One is a project that should please fans of the genre by using a limited budget to deliver one of the better looking movies of this year. With phenomenal CGI work, tons of action, distinctly motivated characters, and a sense of friendship and family, The Osiris Child should rally a following over time. Considering it received little to no fanfare upon its release, this is one of those gems in the rough that will get respect in due time. 

Heavily borrowing elements from Blade Runner, Oblivion, Skyline and several other films that exist in a dystopian world, Shane Abbess directs a feature that will definitely qualify a re-watch. Some amazing visuals, great looking dogfight sequences, massive environmental shots, and beautiful looking sets make this a great viewing for those with a hunger for new science fiction. Again, there are tons of callbacks to other feature films that most will notice from a mile away. While some might call into question his desire to play it so loose with the tributes, I found it to be a nice little surprise. The Osiris Child dives head first into familiar territory and it all seems to work seamlessly. 

Wait til they check out our sweet ride, honey. 

What's truly shocking about this movie is that it was done with such a small budget. Surprisingly enough, the graphics work is top tier and could cut heads with any big budget blockbuster. Sometimes these tinier movies put more heart and feeling into the final product. It's noticeable here that Abbess and his crew were dedicated to making the best looking film they could as they used their funding to its fullest potential. Shockingly enough, he was even able to snag a couple decent names to star in The Osiris Child. Kellan Lutz, Rachel Griffiths, Temuera Morrison, and Isabel Lucas all have parts in this sci-fi spectacle. 

Coming from someone that grew up on '80s sci-fi and fantasy like Star Wars, Krull, the original cast Star Trek movies, Mad Max and tons of others, The Osiris Child hits on many continued tropes and themes. Friendships are forged against the odds. Pacts are formed when a journey is made to save a child. Sacrifices are made when the enemy strikes. And an actual story is told that could be spun off into sequels. Hopefully they have the funding for Science Fiction Volume Two. I'd be glad to check it out.