ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – I – Infini (2015)

Director: Shane Abbess

Writer: Shane Abbess, Brian Cachia (Screenplay)

Starring: Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Luke Ford, Bren Foster, Dwaine Stevenson


Plot: An elite ‘search and rescue’ team transport onto an off-world mining-facility to rescue Whit Carmichael, the lone survivor of a biological outbreak.

Tagline – Out here their greatest threat is each other.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Makes Doom Look Oscar Worthy


Story: Infini starts when a off-world mining facility goes offline, with precious cargo there a search and rescue team are sent to retrieve any survivors and stop the contagion getting any worse. Whit Carmichael (MacPherson) is believed to be the only survivor and with his help the team plans to close operation completely.

The problems come from how the infected people have become ravenous and any contact with the blood or skin will lead to infection. When the infection continues to spread the team gets scattered and the race to survive is on.


Thoughts on Infini


Characters – Whit Carmichael is the lone survivor on a mining off-world outpost, he has hidden to stay away from the infection spreading and now is the only one that can stop the system from causing problems on other worlds. We do have the search and rescue team which are the basic figures we know from the genre, none of them stand out or do anything memorable as they all seem to get infected and crazed.

PerformancesThe performances, well this isn’t going to be the most positive part of this review, Daniel MacPherson takes the lead role and struggles to give us the impact his character needs, we also don’t get the best from most of the other actors because their characters are written so weakly.

StoryIf you have seen Doom, you kind of know the story here, search and rescue team think they are doing a routine job only to learn the mining community has been dealing with something they could never imagine fighting. It follows the direction you expect and the characterless characters make you just not care where things go or who lives or dies.

Horror/Sci-FiThe movie does try to have horror elements, but it goes for gore over the idea of anything being scary only to pull away before showing anything, the sci-fi side of the film looks at the idea that we would discover unknown threats on unknown worlds which would come off for the most part, only we decide to create the idea that we need to hold back on technology.

SettingsTh film is set on an abandoned mining community on another planet, we never see the outside, so it could be any sort of community of off-world people could even be on Earth, if we are honest.

Special EffectsWe have good looks at the aftermath of the effects, but for the most part we get nothing new added here.

Scene of the Movie –
The shot that changes everything.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We have seen this before.

Final ThoughtsMost of the movie does nothing new, for the most part and then suddenly throws us a twist that hasn’t fitted the tone of anything we have seen in the movie before.


Overall: This feels like a proper Doom rip off.





Maximum Conviction (2012)

logoDirector: Keoni Waxman

Writer: Richard Beattie (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Pare, Aliyah O’Brien, Steph Song, Michal Adamthwaite, Bren Foster, Toby Levins, Dean Redman, Richard Stroh


Plot: When former black ops operative Cross (Seagal) and his partner Manning (Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries’ assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Cross realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined.


Verdict: Seagal Standard


Story: Looking at just the story it all works well, it has a few twists and turns along the way. The biggest weakness would be that all the support characters are your typical bad guys who can’t shot or fight at all. It lacks any real character development but there is a well created rivalry between Collins and Manning, leading you to just wait for their next encounter. In conclusion we get a simple straight to DVD standard action film you know what you will be getting so don’t expect brilliant just a film to enjoy. (7/10)


Actor Review


Steven Seagal: Cross the leader of the special security detail who has prisoners in the off the records location. When it gets compromised he uses his unique fighting techniques to get his prisoners back. Standard Seagal here, you know what you are getting here. (6/10)


Steve Austin: Manning partner of Cross who helps with the transport, he gets some of the funnier lines, for example after having his ass handed to him by a woman, he falls in love, yeah it happens. You know what will be happening with Austin, he just doesn’t have the charisma of other wrestlers turned actors. (6/10)


Michael Pare: Chris the leader of the group attacking the prisoner, who spends most of the time in the control room telling people what to do and where to go. Tries to be an original villain but ends up being plainer than most of them. (5/10)


Aliyah O’Brien: Charlotte one of the prisoners trying to escape, but she turns out to be on the other side and can handle herself in a fight. Good performance in a role that gets to show off some fighting skills to go against her evil side. (7/10)


Steph Song: Samantha the one everyone is after, because she has a secret on her but what is it and which side of the fence is she really on. Not the most convincing performance that I have seen in this type of role. (5/10)


Michael Adamthwaite: Collins the leader of the assault team who always ends up in a fight against Manning whether it is hand to hand or fire fight, he always seems to get away. Good performance creating a character you actually want to see get theirs. (7/10)


Director Review: Keoni Waxman – Basic direction to create an average action film that won’t live long in the memory. (5/10)


Action: Some good spells of action including solid hand to hand fights and fire fights. (7/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t really keep you at the edge of your seat. (4/10)

Settings: The setting works really well putting the heroes in a place that is small to complete the action in. (9/10)

Suggestion: The action junkies may enjoy this but I don’t think it will be one that will stick in the memories. (Action Fans Try)


Best Part: Collins and Manning rivalry.

Worst Part: Nothing original.

Action Scene Of The Film: Charlotte versus Roach

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes


Overall: Basic Action Film

Rating 65