Writer: Justin Price (Screenplay)
Starring: Franziska Schissler, Khu, Alexander Kane, Jason Skeen, Alex Giuffreda, Michael Frazier, Carl Bailey
Plot: Set in the year 2245 when Earth’s sun threatens to wipe out all of humanity, “The Dawnseeker” follows five hired mercenaries who travel to an uncharted planet to collect a rare mineral known as stardust to replenish the dying star. After their spaceship crashes on the alien planet, they are stalked and hunted by a creature far more advanced than anything they have ever encountered before.
Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Simple Sci-Fi
Story: The Dawnseeker starts as the resources on Earth have dwindled and now Feniz (Schissler) must led a team to collect stardust to help save the human race, she heads to a new planet known for having large amounts of stardust with Otto (Skeen) in her team, she quickly teams up with York (Kane) from another planet and learns that species from across the universe have headed to this planet.
As the team travels across the planet they continue to find new enemies known as Dawnseekers who will kill anyone or anything that gets in their way and the mysterious Zan (Khu) that proves to know how to survive the planet the best, the race against time is now on.
Thoughts on The Dawnseeker
Characters – Fenix is our leading soldier in the unit, we learn she can handle being out numbered in combat from her time on Earth and knows how to push an enemy that is holding her team back, she makes the smart decisions even if they are the hard ones. Zan is the mysterious woman on the planet that knows how to survive against the enemies the planet that has to offer. York is from another planet while Otto came with Fenix, both are searching for the same thing and butt heads for most of the film.
Performances – Franziska Schissler in the leading role is the best part of the film, she handles combat and gun fights well as well as showing the leadership needed in her character. Khu was a character that we did want to see more off, with the rest of the cast they haven’t given us enough to make us notice them.
Story – The story takes us to the future where the Earth could be coming to an end, space travel is the only hope for humanity as we follow a crew that go in search for the substance that would cure the problem. We have seen the idea of the end of the world before, we have seen going to another planet before, we haven’t seen the fact that on the other planet we have species from many different planets all searching for the same resource that could help their own planets, this is the highlight and easily the most interesting part of the story because it is world building. This however isn’t the most challenging story you will be seeing in the genre.
Sci-Fi – When we jump into the sci-fi genre we look at how things are different, we have a destroyed Earth, travel to new planet and different species on the planet, we get the check marks for sci-fi well and that’s all we needed.
Settings – The settings in the film are not the best, while we can allow this because of budget, we do find ourselves just going for woodland area.
Special Effects – The effects are also going to be affected by the budget, the costumes work for the film, while the weaknesses come from the laser like gun fights.
Final Thoughts – This is a solid low budget indie sci-fi film, we have restrictions and a story which is watchable for the fans of the genre.
Overall: Solid low budget sci-fi film.