Believe it or not, but one of Bruce Willis’ B-movies is beginning to make some headway, sitting at #7 on the Netflix streaming service. Cosmic Sin stars Bruce Willis as James Ford, a dishonorably discharged soldier who earned the name “Blood General” for wiping out 70 million people.
In 2519, the colonies Earth, Zafdie, and Ellora make up the Alliance. Zafdie, though, wants to secede from the Alliance causing war to break out between Earth and the rebel colony. During the war, Ford drops a Q-bomb on Zafdie, killing 70 million in the process. Seem like a Bruce Willis yet?
Now in 2524, an alien encounter with the Alliance is reported and General Eron Ryle (Frank Grillo) seeks out Ford (Bruce Willis) and his ex-wife, Dr. Lea Goss to help contain the alien encounter. At first, Ford refuses, but then relents when he is told he’ll be reinstated.
At the military airfield, the survivors of the alien encounter arrive to Goss’ growing concerns. They were attacked and under the control of the Sigea, aliens who can control humans by making them ingest a black liquid that allows Sigea mind control via their hive mind.
Ryle puts together a team including Bruce Willis of course and Goss as well as Bleck, Braxton, Dash, and Ardene with Ryle traveling with the group. The team now travels to Ellora by way of a Quantum Jump-Gate but on their way through, Ryle’s suit gets damaged and is presumed dead. Another team member, Bleck, is mortally wounded when they make it to the surface.
The remaining team members struggle to take out the attackers but a group of Ellorian survivors assists in the fight. With the Sigea gaining more and more traction, the only way to stop them is to drop another Q-bomb that will collapse the gateway that’s allowing them to move freely toward Earth and Ellora. Bruce Willis movies tend to build in this way, with him having to take ultimate action.
Out of the blue, Ryle lets the group know he is alive but stuck out in space. He decides that he will detonate the gateway to help seal off the Sigea once and for all. Things for the team become more difficult when the Sigea attack the outpost again, capturing Goss. She immediately becomes infected and is now an agent of the Sigea. Is Ford able to reverse the effects on Goss? Does Ryle sacrifice himself for the greater good? Does Bruce Willis crush it once again?
Edward Drake was given the reigns to direct Bruce Willis in Cosmic Sin from a script co-written by himself and Corey Large. Large, who also produced the film, appears in the film as Dash.
The movie received a direct-to-video order, so there are no box office numbers. Critics were unkind to Bruce Willis and Cosmic Sin with a pathetic 3% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, though, seem to find some enjoyment from Willis and the film as it carries a 66% positive rating from fans.
What exactly has Bruce Willis turned into? One time he was one of the biggest stars on the planet with massive movies such as the Die Hard franchise, Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, Hostage, Sin City, Unbreakable, Surrogates, and RED. He was solid as an actor and just as at the box office. But that was a decade ago.
In the past ten years, Bruce Willis has turned into a B-movie maniac. Very rarely has he truly led a big film over the past decade, though he has the final (we think) chapter in the Die Hard series with 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard on his resume. He’s also had RED 2 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He gave the remake of Death Wish a run, but that movie fell flat at the box office.
So, while Bruce Willis has given it a go, the past decade has seen the one-time big star lean more and more on B-movies. The movies are as forgetful as their titles – Extraction, Precious Cargo, Marauders, First Kill, Acts of Violence, Air Strike, 10 Minutes Gone, and Trauma Center. All of these films were direct-to-video releases.
During this time, Willis’ claim to fame came in 2019 when he starred in the M. Night Shyamalan film Glass, the third part of the Unbreakable trilogy. He also had a nice role in the Edward Norton film, Motherless Brooklyn.
Depending on how one looks at it, Willis continues to keep himself busy in front of the camera. His B-movie barrage looks to continue as he has no less than 14 movies lined up, many of which are filming concurrently.
There is also the constant rumor that Bruce Willis is looking at returning as John McLane one more time. It’s been a rumor following Willis around for a number of years.
Until then, if you’re brave, go check out Cosmic Sin on Netflix. It just may surprise you.