In a future where 95% of the world's population lives at or below the poverty line, Earth's highest paying jobs are in deep space mining, accessible via a form of teleportation called slipstreaming. When the mining outpost O.I. Infini suffers an emergency, a rescue team is sent in, only to return in a berserk rage. Desperate to escape the lethal lockdown, Whit Carmichael, the newest member of the West Coast search and rescue team, slipstreams to the Infini and whatever dangers it holds.
The East Coast SAR sends in their own team with two objectives: disable a biohazardous payload scheduled to be sent to Earth, and rescue Carmichael. Unfortunately, they only have half the information about what happened on the Infini...
This movie contains examples of:
- Ate His Gun: Rex is on the verge of killing Menzies, but instead blows his own brains out. Not that this helps Menzies, since Rex's blood infects him.
- Ax-Crazy: The previous crew of the Infini attacked each other, tearing off their skin and killing everyone.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The organism resembles a clear gel when it's frozen, and something like water when thawed.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The organism wants to find they best way it can to evolve—by identifying and infecting the strongest member of the group. In order to do this it forces its infectees to kill each other until one remains. It grows past this.
- Book-Ends: The movie begins and ends with a post-slipstream sanity check and biohazard scan.
- Cannibal Larder: One character finds the mess hall filled with human body parts.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Whit's "The Reason You Suck" Speech causes the alien lifeform to realize the best way to evolve is through empathy and compassion, and it resurrects the human characters before letting them go.
- Everybody Lives: The ooze resurrects everyone after Whit teaches it about altruism.
- Genius Bruiser: Whit was initially trained in computer science before joining the SAR program.
- Genius Loci: It turns out that the entire planet that the Infiniti is stationed on is a huge, frozen organism.
- Good with Numbers: Carmichael is able to decipher computer code by looking at the hex output.
- Hate Plague: The biological agent turns infected people into berserk psychos.
- Heroic Willpower: According to the notes, individuals with great emotional stability can resist the bio-agent for up to two hours.
- Holographic Terminal: The wrist-mounted computers the SAR soldiers use.
- Neck Snap: Whit ultimately kills Chester by breaking his neck.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Whit delivers one of these to Chester (and vice versa) at the end.
- Our Graphics Will Suck in the Future: The computer graphics on the Infini appear to be from an Apple II.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Whit records one and plays it over and over to the primordial ooze on Infini:Whit: Whatever you were trying to do here, you've failed. I know you're listening. You could have chosen any part of any one of us. But you chose the worst parts of human behavior to use as your voice. You chose hatred. You chose violence. You chose conflict. You had an inability to see the bigger picture. You had a downright fucking refusal to see beyond the present. You couldn't get past your own selfish, ignorant need to dominate. If you had time to grow, time to evolve, things could've been different. If we could've worked together... I was never meant to be here. All I was trying to do was make a better life for my family. And you took that away from me. You took it away from everyone. Why don't I hate you for that?
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The infected have red rims to their irises.
- Sanity Slippage: The medical notes Whit finds regarding the the biological agent reflects a written form of this, descending into the phrase "PERFECT ORGANISM'' scrawled over and over.
- Teleporter Accident: There's a non-negligible rate of data loss when humans use Slipstreaming, which is one of the reasons everyone looks out of it after use and one of the reasons why they're aggressively questioned right after returning.
- Time Dilation: Because of the various singularities around Infini, time passes on the outpost at a much faster rate than on Earth. According to plan, the team will be gone for 1 minute 14 seconds on Earth, but will have 24 hours on Infini to complete the mission.
- Used Future: The Infini, with ancient computers and worn down machinery. Contrasted with the shiny bases on Earth.