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.

Rating

 

 

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The Anomaly (2014)

logoDirector: Noel Clarke

Writer: Simon Lewis (Screenplay)

Starring: Noel Clarke, Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox, Alexis Snapp, Luke Hemsworth, Niall Greig Fulton, Michael Bisping

 

Plot: A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there.

 

Verdict: Too Much Thinking

 

Story: We start by our hero Ryan waking up in a locked black room, where upon investigation he finds a young boy chained to the wall. They join forces to try and escape, this offers us information about our hero and the early sign of what is going on. We discover that Ryan is part of a project where he gets rebooted every 9 minutes 47 seconds. We watch as Ryan goes through a labyrinth of time while his associate Harkin keeps tracks of him. Each location he ends up in ends up asking more questions than answers but as each one happens a bigger picture starts to appear.

Sometime these time travel type films can come off very good but some come off very confusing. This falls somewhere in the middle where from what I understood happened I enjoyed the idea but I did find myself questioning certain things. I do like a sci-fi time travel like films and I also like the ones that try something different and I do believe this one does try to achieve that. It will leave you confused but once you figure it all out it comes off quite rewarding.  stress disorder.t is going on.n (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Noel Clarke: Ryan our hero who had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. We watch how he jumps through time and finds himself in different location and different situations. He tries to uncover the what is happening and while he finds himself re-entering certain location he figures out how to stop what is happening. Noel gives a good performance in the lead role and keeps his dual duties together. (7/10)

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Ian Somerhalder: Harkin Langham partner to Ryan who keeps him under control and always appears in the each one of the time jumps he ends up going on. He does hold secrets to what is happening and is after something much bigger than Ryan believes. Ian gives a good performance as the smooth talking villain of the piece. (7/10)

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Support Cast: With the jumps taking Ryan to different location and times we meet a range of supporting characters who all help answer small questions that are ongoing through the film.

 

Director Review: Noel Clarke – Noel does a great job directing leaving each scene with questions and returning to them later without letting you forget about them. (8/10)

 

Action: The slow-motion fights all come off very well. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: Delves into the world of time travel working to high standards. (9/10)

Thriller: Keeps you guessing to what is actually happening throughout the film. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting comes off very easy to identify but rarely helps the story continue. (4/10)
Special Effects
: The future world comes off very nicely along with the weapons. (7/10)

Suggestion: I can only give this a try it because it will come off confusing for some people it will need your full attention to full understand what is going on. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The brothel shoot-out.

Worst Part: Slightly too confusing.

Action Scene Of The Film: Fighting in the brothel.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Twelve Monkeys

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: What is the Anomaly?

 

Overall: Quantum Leap The Film?

Rating 70