Parents' Guide to

Cosmic Sin

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Awful sci-fi movie about killing aliens has language, blood.

Movie R 2021 89 minutes
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This alien-attack movie may not be the worst sci-fi film ever made, but it's not too far off. Cosmic Sin is simultaneously confusing and simplistic, cluttered and empty, and almost entirely clueless. The movie's biggest sin occurs right away. We get an onslaught of on-screen exposition that explains what's happened to humanity over the last 500 years. But then the year 2524 appears on-screen -- and it looks pretty much the same as today, including the same haircuts and beards, clothing, cars, dive bars, guns that shoot bullets, and even the same expressions ("hurry up and wait"). It's difficult not to be distracted by the movie's total lack of futuristic wonder.

Then, before we even see any aliens, the humans start shooting at them. Despite some dialogue about moral dilemmas, the movie has none. It's ultimately all about us vs. them. Moreover, the movie tries to shoehorn in some bonus character development (a general and his relationship with his gung-ho son, Willis' relationship with an ex-partner, etc.), but it feels both rushed and phony. The visual effects, especially an outer-space battle, barely rise to the quality of a 1980s video game. And Willis turns in another in a series of drowsy, lifeless performances. Ultimately, Cosmic Sin comes down to lots of incomprehensible shoot-outs inside nondescript buildings.

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