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Life (2017)

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A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Sho Murakami
Ryan Reynolds ... Rory Adams
Rebecca Ferguson ... Miranda North
Jake Gyllenhaal ... David Jordan
Olga Dykhovichnaya Olga Dykhovichnaya ... Ekaterina Golovkina (as Olga Dihovichnaya)
Ariyon Bakare ... Hugh Derry
Jesus Del Orden ... Student 2
Allen McLean Allen McLean ... Student 1
Leila Grace ... Student 3 (as Leila Grace Bostwick-Riddell)
Mari Gvelesiani Mari Gvelesiani ... Student 4
David Muir ... 20 / 20 Anchor
Elizabeth Vargas ... 20 / 20 Anchor
Camiel Warren-Taylor Camiel Warren-Taylor ... Dominique
Haruka Kuroda ... Doctor
Naoko Mori ... Kazumi
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Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. Written by ElDiomedes

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We were better off alone. See more »


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Rated R for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Halong Bay, Vietnam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,501,936, 24 March 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,234,022, 1 June 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,541,806, 31 December 2017
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2.39 : 1
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It was intended to have Ryan Reynolds play the main character. However, scheduling conflicts with The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) forced him to take a supporting role instead. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows "Calvin" being attracted to and consuming oxygen from the lures they used to get it to the lifeboat as well as stating many times that since it is carbon-based, it needs it the way humans do. "Calvin" is from Mars where the atmosphere is 98% carbon dioxide. While there wouldn't be enough oxygen on modern Mars for the survival of the creature, it's explained throughout the film that it had been hibernating for possibly millions of years, since a period in which Mars had higher oxygen levels. See more »

Quotes

Rory Adams: This is some Re-Animator shit.
Ekaterina Golovkina: That's a very obscure reference.
Hugh Derry: Not for a nerd.
Rory Adams: Not if you're a nerd.
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Unlike most films where the end credits scroll from the bottom of the screen to the top, they are shown page-by-page like at the end of a television program. See more »

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Featured in Life: In Zero G (2017) See more »

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Spirit in the Sky
Written by Norman Greenbaum
Copyright 1970 Great Honesty Music
Used courtesy of Transtone Productions
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Bonechilling, frightening and unexpecting with...empty characters?
26 March 2017 | by eparazakSee all my reviews

I'm starting to notice a trend in movies throughout the beginning of the year. Ever since January, we've been getting quite a few different horror/thriller films this year. The results have been mixed to generally positive; Split and Get Out have received positive attention for instance. And now we have Life.

Life is about a group of six astronauts who discover a single cell on Mars. They all research it for a while, the cell grows into a life form, and they discover that the life form is very deadly, and the astronauts must work together to keep it from reaching earth.

I'm going to start with what I didn't like about the movie. My main issue with it has to be the characters. For the most part, they feel very dry and empty. So much so that I couldn't remember a thing about them. There were only two characters who felt like they had any sense of character. The two I'm talking about are Ariyon Bakare's character since he is a scientist and holds a lot of focus in the beginning as the main researcher. Then there's Hiroyuki Sanada's role. His reasoning for wanting to go back to earth makes him the only character I wanted to root for. Aside from that, it's hard for me to care about the movie's characters.

If I were to talk about the things I liked about it, I would like to start with the overall feeling of the movie. After the first act, everything begins to feel tense. There are many tense scenes that have left me feeling horrified, and that's what I believe is the main strength of the movie. If you're going into a thriller movie, you'll expect many intense moments. That's what you get throughout the movie. Something I find very impressive throughout it is that almost the entirety of the film takes place in a space vessel. It's amazing how well it plays into the movie and how well the director, actors and cameraworkers perform their duties and how the movie works so well in such a small, boxed in area. I had my doubts walking in, but what works works really well. Another thing I liked about it was how it ended. I'm not gonna go in-depth with it because that would lead into spoiler territory.

Overall, I thought this movie was very frightening and unexpecting. It had many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. However, the movie's weakness would have to be the characters. But I can forgive that with its gripping and thrilling plot.


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