director: Edward drake (broil)
starring: bruce willis, frank grillo, adelaide kane and luke wilson
REVIEWER: nick tonkin
Seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts.
Cosmic Sin is a sci-fi action film that requires you to check your brain at the door, lest the preposterousness become too overwhelming. 500 years in the future, first contact with aliens has been made at a distant outpost of human civilisation on a foreign planet.
Within minutes a first response team has begun to be assembled by General Eron Ryle (Grillo) - and they must turn to a man vilified and shunned by society; the Blood General James Ford (Willis), so named due to his officially unsanctioned use of the Q-Bomb during wartime. With some further random additions to the team they are all set, to go and save humanity from the Alien Threat.
Billing both Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo as leads is a bit rich of Cosmic Sin, as they both must have been paid either by-the-minute of screen time or per line of dialogue. Which is to say they were wholly under-utilised. Instead we have wooden acting from the supporting cast-cum actual leads of the movie and awkward faux-humorous interjections from Dash, played by writer/producer Corey Large.
One of many such moments was upon Dash’s return to a dejected looking team after dropping the kids off at the pool, to ask “who died?” immediately after a teammate had kicked the bucket. Other gems of dialogue include Grillo shouting at an injured teammate: “if you even think about dying, I’ll kill you”, or Willis asking Dash: “ ‘How aren’t you dead yet?’, ‘I don’t know’ ”. Perfect.
There is a certain enjoyable aspect to a film like Cosmic Sin, and despite the movie’s convoluted and nonsensical plot, weak set design (the same warehouse fight area used on two planets for instance), wooden acting and rubbish dialogue - in the right mood one can have a good time with it. Provided you turn off your brain for 90 minutes.
Despite its obvious weaknesses, there are still enjoyable aspects of Cosmic Sin that one can have a good time with if in the right mood.