Life

Life

Be careful what you search for

Overview

The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, which proves more intelligent than ever expected.

Metadata
Title Life
Director Daniel Espinosa
Director of Photography Seamus McGarvey
Runtime 1 h 43 min
Certification R
Release Date 23 March 2017
Tagline Be careful what you search for
IMDb Id tt5442430
Trailer

Scientists on the International Space Station are bringing back a sample from Mars, which turns out to contain -indeed- Life. I starts out as a single-celled organism, but it doesn’t take long for it to grow into a complex creature. Not surprisingly, as it grows and develops, it turns out to not be too friendly and soon this newly hailed Life form becomes a threat to all on board, and beyond…

If the plot doesn’t sound terribly unique, that’s because it isn’t. So a movie like that needs to bring something else to make it stand out – and in this case there is: money. This is a B-movie script on an A-movie budget. The cinematography is excellent, the special effects are solid, and you can even find Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds on this space station, delivering perfectly fine performances.

But it remains hard to overcome the flaws in the script. The characters are pretty one-dimensional so as they start dropping like flies you don’t really root for anyone, you’re just watching to see who’s next.  As the Alien – oops, I meant alien- grows, it unfortunately loses most of the uniqueness it had earlier on in the film, and becomes ‘just another space monster’ hunting down humans. There is not much suspense and there aren’t really any scares either. The story just potters along to its ‘twisty’ end, which unfortunately also has also been done before.

But to be fair, whilst it adds little to the genre of Finding Alien Life, for sci-fi ‘horror’ fans it is still kind of a fun way to while an hour and a half away as long as you go in with low expectations – and enjoy he pretty pictures.

★★½

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