LIFE – review


     I love science fiction horror flicks like Alien and Predator.  Going into Life I didn’t know what to expect, was this going to be repeat, or something completely new?

Director Daniel Espinosa I think does his best to make this not like the other space horror flicks, but a lot of this will fell really familiar.  We have a team of scientists and astronauts that are catching a probe that is traveling back from Mars.   On the probe there are some dirt samples.    Scientist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) finds a one cell organism and reanimates it back to life.  We have a great scene where an elementary school names the first Martian Calvin.  While Calvin looks nice at first, but thanks to the writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick this is where it gets good.

Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds) is an astronaut who is also the engineer that is quick thinking when it comes to saving people.  The problem comes when Calvin becomes violent.  Not only does he become violent, he starts killing so he can survive.  The way he hunts, and the way he kills is probably the best part of the flick. 

David (Jake Gyllenhaul) is the pilot and a doctor who doesn’t want to go home.  He is getting ready to break the world record for the longest time in space.  Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) is the scientist in charge of making sure whatever is found   does not make it back to earth.  While Commander Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya) is in charge of making sure he crew survives.  We also have Sho (Hiroyuki Sanada) is the min pilot and engineer who pilots the space station.

Yes, this will remind you of Aliens, but Calvin is a little bit more fun and a little smarter and the killings are way more fun.  The main problem I had been within space station is there was no clear layout.  I couldn’t where they were heading half the time. 

I grade Life a B-.  Too much of the same we have already  seen before.  The only saving grace is the kill scenes they did a fantastic job.   Acting is ok, the main problem is it is very predictable. 


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