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Published March 2nd 2021
The stage is set for a devastating end result

Cosmic Sin stars Frank Grillo (General Eron Ryle), Bruce Willis (James Ford), Brandon Thomas Lee (Braxton Ryle), Corey Large (Dash), C.J. Perry (Sol Cantos), Perrey Reeves (Dr Lea Goss), Lochlyn Munro (Alex Locke), Costas Mandylor (Marcus Bleck), Eva De Dominici (Juda Saule) and Adelaide Kane (Fiona Ardene).

Directed by Edward Drake, Cosmic Sin will be in cinemas 11 March 2021. The title of the film speaks to the idea that erasing another culture is a sin so unforgivable the cosmos will never forgive it, hence Operation Cosmic Sin when seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilisation in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts.

2031 - The first colony of Mars is founded
2041 - The Alliance is formed. Quantum propulsion technology allows humankind to colonise the Cosmos
2281 - The Mars colony fails. The Alliance rules over three colonies: Earth, Zafdie and Ellora
2519 - Zafdie attempts to secede from the Alliance. The Blood General James Ford drops a Q-Bom on the rebel colony
2524 - Present; Vander Mining Corp - Claimed Planet 4217LYA

A mining crew on a far off planet makes a disastrous first contact with an alien civilisation and it's up to General Eron Ryle (Frank Grillo) and the leaders of Earth's Alliance of Government's to debate if there can be peace between us and them. They call on notorious war-hero Gen. James Ford (Bruce Willis) to lead a squad of elite soldiers to an alien-infested Alliance Colony, Ellora, and find the coordinates of the invader's homeworld. Along on the mission are ethnologist Dr. Lea Goss (Perrey Reeves), bull-headed Specialist Braxton Ryle (Brandon Thomas Lee), demolition expert Dash Wick (Corey Large), and quantum engineer Lt. Fiona Ardene (Adelaide Kane).

Grillo and Willis are well and truly underused and lacking in this film. Grillo may have first billing, but that's easily forgotten with Willis stealing most of the screen time. In the beginning Grillo comes on strong as the authority calling all the shots, then left to float in space, which is a shame. Just coming into his own as the main star of films, he didn't get much of a chance to perform at all - and the man can act! Willis on the other hand is so half hearted in this movie, it's hard to believe he's the same action star of Die Hard. He had more life in him in his mature years as Frank Moses in Red. Mr Willis has certainly lost his charisma and his trademark sly, wry grin in Cosmic Sin. What can I say, this is just the tip of a cosmic mess!

There are cheesy, unnecessary, questionable and cringe worthy scenes in the film that are so B grade, that you wonder why it didn't end up on the cutting floor. The emotional moments are poorly put together that you feel no attachment to the scene or endearment towards the characters, whether it is a heroic moment or the demise of a character. That being said, the performance from Brandon Thomas Lee managed to push through as a standout amongst the lustreless rest. It was a false promise when the film started off pretty well in its first scene when a couple from the mining crew on a far off planet discover they're not alone. In the very small part they played very well, Costas Mandylor and Eva De Dominici had you in the palm of their hands. It all went down hill after that. The best thing about the whole film are the armoury, space suits, scenery on land and space, and sets, which looked pretty decent. Cosmic Sin definitely lives up to its rating of 2.6 on IMDb.

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Why? Cosmic Sin (2021) Film Review
When: In cinemas 11 March 2021
Where: Australia
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