Review: Infini

Synopsis: An elite ‘search and rescue’ team transport onto an off-world mining-facility to rescue Whit Carmichael, the lone survivor of a biological outbreak.
Director: Shane Abbess
Starring: Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Luke Ford
Release Date: 8th May 2015 (iTunes and Online)

Infini is a new Australian Sci-Fi feature that takes place after the world has become a victim to mass overpopulation. Resources are scarce and there no longer is any line between the middle class and the lower class.
Whit Carmichael (Daniel MacPherson) accepts a high-risk job off-world that uses “Slipstream” technology; a form of interspace transportation that is pretty much just regular teleportation. On this job, there’s a risk of injury or death, but Whit only wants to provide a better life for his family.
His first day of the job, a team returns infected by bloodlust. Whit escapes by jumping to Infini; an off-world mining station where the original outbreak occurred.
We’re then taken back to another command centre where a team is being briefed to rescue Whit an discover the source of the contagion.

Infini tries to bring in too many characters too quickly.
The film quickly brushes over the introduction of each character making it hard for audiences to establish who is who and even harder for them to connect with them. The fact that they all wear identical uniforms does not help this.
The opening scene is loud and hard to place. Why are they all yelling at each other? Who are they? The scene’s intention seems to want to heighten the stakes, raise the tension. But it doesn’t work, it merely puts the audience at a distance from the beginning. The story continues to be deliberately withholding throughout the film.
The story as a whole feels underdeveloped but perhaps this can be attributed to the hokey and lifeless script and its actors delivering their lines a little too flamboyantly to always be taken seriously. On a side-note, I’d like to know why all the actors on this Australian film are putting on American accents? Is this to perhaps broaden international appeal in some way?
A short sequence in the first third of the film feels like a small homage to Wargames. Watching, the entire film then becomes overbearingly familiar. It starts to feel like a mixed bag of Alien, with elements of Total Recall and every other film that’s set on a space station.

The film shows its strength in its technical ability. It’s sleek and slick, with impressive work from cinematographer Carl Robertson and a good score from composer and co-writer Brian Cachia. The production design is impressive, from the abandoned dark station corridors, the blood lace flesh and the blasting vents (hello, Alien).

Infini doesn’t break any new ground on the science-fiction genre, its story is hokey and at times extremely dull with severe structural issues, but it is a good example of the impressive work that Australian crews do in this industry.

Infini will be released digitally on 8th May 2015.

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