Director: Shane Abbess (2015)
Daniel MacPherson gives an aggressively agitated performance as a marooned musclebound marine in this sci-fi thriller.
Sent to investigate a lethal biological outbreak, Whit Carmichael beams out to the galaxy’s most distant off-world mining-facility, leaving behind his pregnant wife.
Whit’s’s followed by an elite Search and Rescue team and together they must prevent the biohazard from reaching Earth.
It’s gruesome, violent and sadly derivative.
There’s impressive design throughout and it differentiates nicely between down here and out there.
However the use of JJ Abrams’ lens flare is one of many visual lifts from other, stronger films, such as Blade Runner (1982) and Aliens (1986).
Occasionally the Aussie writer-director over complicates his camerawork and there’s much pointing of guns while walking down corridors.
Plus it has much leaping out of dark spaces while soldiers take turns to out grunt each other.
At times the exposition is as cumbersome as a spacesuit and there’s a vacuum where characters should be.
Time is stretched for Whit due to the deep distances travelled. Similarly the film has nice moments but some very long minutes.