The film begins on a remote planet where two humans make first contact with aliens. The alien species feel threatened and soon declare war on Earth. Humans are now forced to act quickly before the end of the world occurs. General Ryle (Frank Grillo) assembles his elite team of marines immediately for a briefing. He also requests James Ford’s assistance (Bruce Willis). After the briefing and a short reunion with the crew, they discover the alien race has now infiltrated their base and has begun taking control over human bodies. Now only a small group of survivors remain to save the world from destruction. Operation Cosmic Sin is now in full effect.
Visually Cosmic Sin has a few pleasing elements. Some of these include the look and style of weapons, set designs and futuristic costumes. While it sounds familiar to other well-known sci-fi titles, the musical score also had moments of being a positive factor. The plot outline is quick, plus it doesn’t take long for all of our characters to come together and take on a significant threat.
But sadly, Cosmic Sin is a major disappointment on many levels. While the plot outline is simple and fast, the film is loaded with lots of sci-fi talk and complicated subplots. I often questioned what was going on in a scene or what our characters were attempting to do. During urgent situations, I was also shocked to find our leads would rather have conversations about the past or quote one-liners to each other than hurry to save the Earth.
The film’s editing is also questionable as the film feels incomplete and unpolish- almost as if scenes or moments were left on the cutting room floor. The filming style is the classic shaky handheld camera concept which was utterly distracting in every scene. One scene involving actor Bruce Willis walking around a cave was so painful to watch visually that I turned my head away from the big screen.
The alien race is barely shown on screen, but the audio sound they make is often heard. I understand this has been done due to budget, but it’s hard to be worried about leading characters when you can’t see what they should be scared about.
While I was excited to see Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis come together in a sci-fi action film, they barely share the screen, and when they do, the two seem awkward and never convincing when they talk about the history they have with each other. I feel Bruce Willis is generally trying here, but actor Frank Grillo is not being used to his full potential and feels more hidden in the background than being a core character.
Overall, Cosmic Sin is a disaster with multiple complex plotlines, shaky cam and poor editing to the point I questioned whether what I had seen was a complete film. Actor Frank Grillo is wasted here, and sadly Bruce Willis is generally trying, but the script’s dialogue isn’t enough to save this film. Sure, it’s a brainless sci-fi film with moments of action, but I couldn’t have any fun with this movie based on its lists of faults that cannot be unseen or ignored.
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