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Life Movie Review

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CAST:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya
DIRECTION:
Daniel Espinosa
GENRE:
Sci-Fi
DURATION:
1 hour 43 minutes’
 life-movie-review5STORY: A six-member crew aboard the International Space Station makes one of the most important discoveries in human history – finding life on Mars. However, this alien rapidly evolves into a formidable and intelligent creature, putting their lives at stake in this science-fiction horror thriller.
life-movie-review3REVIEW: There are three specific questions that will run through your head while watching ‘Life’. First – Why was this blatant ‘Alien’ rip-off green-lit? Second – How did the studio manage to convince Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal – two certified A-list Hollywood actors – to star in it? And lastly, why is this still so entertaining? While the first two questions are best left for other forums, the third could be encapsulated by giving due credit to its screenwriters. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned last year’s superhero success story ‘Deadpool’ – which probably also answers life-movie-review1one half of the 2nd question posed above.
The plot line they’re working with, will be familiar to age-old fans of sci-fi horror flicks. ‘Life’ addresses the familiar conundrum of what humans would do when confronted by an extra-terrestrial intelligent life-form. Like most of their fictional predecessors in similar situations (read: plots), this ISS crew is highly equipped at their respective jobs but are seriously outmatched by the quick learning being, named ‘Calvin’. Besides Reynolds and Gyllenhaal, the rest of the multi-racial cast is also put through the wringer as each of them play pivotal characters with no small parts. The result is a sense of bonhomie among the crew with just enough background for us to care about their survival.
Fortunately, the writers are well aware of their inspirations; enough to avoid certain clichés. They don’t aspire to put a larger philosophical spin, leaving director Daniel Espinosa with the task of putting together a straight-out popcorn flick. Combined with good special effects and inventive cinematography to keep the action claustrophobic (do not miss the opening sequence), ‘Life’ does little to change the scope of the genre. However, it is a tautly wound thriller with some gruesome and unpredictable twists to keep you on the edge of your seat, and occasionally even jumping out of it.

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