Title: Infini – infinimovie.com
Director: Shane Abbess
Cast: Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Dwaine Stevenson, Kevin Copeland, Harry Pavlidis, Louisa Mignone, Tess Haubrich, Bren Foster and Luke Ford.
Release date: May 8th 2015
Review: Kate Barkley
Paying homage to the 70s/80s sci-fi genre, Infini is a thrilling Aussie movie that proves that our filmmakers are capable of producing quality entertainment to compete with the rest of the world.
Set in the 23rd century, we meet Whit Carmichael (Daniel MacPherson) on his first day at work ‘slipstreaming’ – a controversial but highly lucrative way to teleport between planets for mining purposes. A team returns to HQ infected with a biological disease that turns them murderously insane. Whit’s only way to escape certain death is to slipstream to the desolate off-world mining station ‘Infini’ where the outbreak started.
A search and rescue team is soon dispatched to retrieve Whit and stop the mined substance being sent from the station to earth by a deranged defector.
You may be thinking to yourself that the plot seems similar to any other abandoned space station film, but Infini is capable of standing out in the genre on its own. The story actually unfolds quite nicely and keeps the film going at a good pace. Its action packed without having to rely heavily on CGI to do the storytelling.
More psychological thriller and horror set to a sci-fi backdrop, we follow the rescue team through the claustrophobic station (helped by a fantastic set design), examining eerie dead bodies and we wonder what is going to jump out from the next corner. When they inevitably become infected with the disease that killed the miners, it’s a case of survival of the fittest to see who will be last man or woman standing.
Most of the actors unfortunately have little screen time before they succumb to the bloodbath, but those we do get to make a small connection with – like Grace Huang as Claire and Harry Pavlidis as Harris – I wanted to see more of.
This is Daniel MacPherson’s film without a doubt. He is fantastic in his role, playing Whit’s descent into madness subtly and effortlessly. It’s easy to believe he is slowly going insane and trying desperately to fight it.
As a fan of Macpherson’s from way back, it was great for me to see him step into a main role and I was impressed to see him tackle it head on. Truly an underrated Aussie talent that deserves more leading-man roles in the future.
Overall, a great Australian addition to the sci-fi/thriller genre. 4.5/5
Infini is available for digital download via iTunes, Google Play and where all good movies are sold.