young lieutenant working for an
off-world military contractor defies
orders and steals a shuttle to rescue his
young daughter from the planet his
superiors have deemed as dangerous
and intend to annihilate, knowing he
could well run out of time in the science
fiction adventure movie Origin Wars... OFF-WORLD MILITARY CONTRACTOR EXOR initialises an horrific plan to destroy
all life on a planet where they claim the prisoners of a large and brutal prison,
Ovir Ultramax, are in possession of a virus which, if released, could have dire
consequences, and they also insist there is a hostage situation that cannot
In truth EXOR is trying to cover up an appalling experiment that has created
huge, terrifying creatures that pose a threat to mankind in the exciting science
fiction movie set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation,
exciting and tense
sci-fi action movie
uses these beasts to subdue prisoners at Ovir Ultramax, which is overseen by
a cold-blooded and sadistic warden Mourdain (Temuera Morrison: Star Wars
Episodes 2 & 3; Once Were Warriors).
Lt Kane Sommerville (Daniel McPherson: The Shannara Chronicles) is horrified
at the intention of destroying every living thing on the planet, especially
as his eleven-year-old daughter Indi (Teagan Croft: Home and Away) lives
in the capital city of Cyrus. He takes a shuttle and heads to the planet, determined
to get her to safety.
Down on the surface Sy Lombrok (Kellan Lutz: The Twilight Saga), who
was imprisoned for murder, has escaped with two friends and at first he is suspicious
when he meets Kane, but when Kane tells him about a deep underground safety
bunker laden with supplies where they would be safe from the coming devastation,
Sy teams up with him.
Not everybody they meet is to be trusted, but eventually the two men enlist
the help of unlikely duo Gyp (Isabel Lucas: Transformers: Revenge of the
Fallen) and Bill (Luke Ford: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor),
who have an armoured bus.
They have 22 hours to rescue Indi and get themselves to the safety of the bunker,
facing both the savage creatures that now roam freely over the barren planet
and attacks from armed shuttles from EXOR.
Time is ticking by and, with EXOR hot on their tails, Kane, Sy, Indi, Gyp and
Bill race for safety. But will they all get there before the military contractor
blows the entire place to kingdom come…
Origin Wars is an exciting and tense science fiction action movie and, although
it has its fair share of tragedy and is perhaps a touch tame compared to some
action movies, is highly watchable and thoroughly enjoyable with searing aerial
dog fights and notable special effects.
The setting has been described as fantastically realised with a wholly original
universe. Filmed in Gladesville, Sydney, and in Coober Pedy, South Australia,
special thanks include those to the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunyt Jatjara Aboriginal
Origin Wars also features: Rachel Griffiths as General Lynex; Bren Foster
as Charles Kreat; and Grace Huang as Jandi.
Original Music Score is by Brian Cachia; Cinematography is by Carl Robertson,
ACS; Story is by Brian Cachia and Shane Abbess; Producers are: Matthew Graham,
Brett Thornquest, Sidonie Abbene and Shane Abbess; Co-Producer is Brian Cachia;
Written and Directed by Shane Abbess (Infini; Gabriel).
Wars is released by Lionsgate UK on Digital Download on 17 July and DVD
& Blu-ray in the UK on 24 July 2017. Extras: Q&A with Director Shane Abbess.
"Origin Wars is an exciting and tense science fiction action movie… highly
watchable and thoroughly enjoyable" ****
Maggie Woods, MotorBar