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
The astronaut "North" has her name in Russian below her English name. It is shown translated as the Russian word "Sever" which means the direction North. A name would surely be translated phonetically into Cyrillic, not fully translated into its Russian equivalent. This would look more like "HOPO" (with a vertical line through the last "O" to give the character for "F" (closest to "th" in Cyrillic). See more »
The music for the end titles begins with the song Spirit in the Sky. This was used during the live broadcast from the ill-fated Apollo XIII moon mission. A recreation of this broadcast, along with this song, was included in the film of the same name. The irony is intentional, as the song is about dying. See more »
Life is like an unofficial reboot of Alien with a shocking climax twist.A decent watch for its thrills.
Life (2017): When a movie stars both Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds,one would expect a mind blowing one for sure.But Life is nothing like that.It is our typical sci-fi horror which will remind us Ridley Scott's masterpiece Alien.During the period of epic space films like Gravity.Interstellar and The Martian,a film like Life should have some distinct qualities to standout from those but unfortunately Life doesn't have those except from an amazing climax.
Plot: Set on-board the International Space Station, Life kicks off with its crew performing the successful capture of a probe that's returning from Mars with a sample inside. This crew is made up of Dr. David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Dr. Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), Sho Kendo (Hiroyuki Sanada), Ariyon Bakare (Hugh Derry), and Katerina Golovkin (Olga Dihovichnaya), and they're ecstatic to learn that the sample includes the first proof of extraterrestrial life. But the organism soon starts to grow and evolve at an alarming rate, and after a test backfires, it becomes hostile, threatening the lives of everyone on board, as well as those on Earth below.
My Review: The problem with Life is that it's almost too aware of the films that have come before, and it always feels like it's striving to be held in the same regard.Life just plods along a bit too predictably. After concocting a gripping enough concept, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are happy to follow the well-worn path of the film's predecessors, as six becomes five, which becomes four, and so on..
Life is termed as horror but it is nowhere a horror.It doesn't even try to be one.It mostly depends on thrills of how the organism attacks its next victim.But what really surprises is its nail-biting,shocking climax which is the life of the movie.That particular scene at the end is spine chilling when we guess the consequences.
Jake Gyllenhaal is terrific as usual as it is a cakewalk for him.Ryan Reynolds is wasted in a small role.Others are decent.Director Espinosa,who earlier directed Child 44 (which is bad) did a decent job by unofficially rebooting Alien with a shocking climax twist.
Cinematography is good and BGM is soul of the film.Especially at the climax,BGM makes sure that we suffocate with tension.
So,Life is like an unofficial reboot of Alien with a shocking climax twist.A decent watch for its thrills.
My rating 6.75/10
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