Daniel Espinosa’s Sci Fi thriller Life is going to end up as one of those films most people catch on TV and wonder why they missed it at the cinema. A victim of Alien Covenant‘s schedule change, this exciting, tense ensemble picture was taken from May and dropped into the most crowded March ever. I’m pretty sure it’s going to underperform hugely, which is a shame, as this is a film very much worth watching.
The story of scientists on the International Space Station experimenting on soil samples retrieved from Mars and unleashing a creature, there’s nothing hugely original here, but the film really works.
Life’s small cast of Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, an oddly wooden Jake Gyllenhaal, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada who seems to be playing the same character he did in 2007’s Sunshine and Olga Dihovicnaya gel well together and the chemistry between them does sell the isolation and enforced close proximity of people who have to both get on and be professional. Especially in the company of an increasingly hostile and deadly alien organism.
Coming across like a somewhat realistic take on Ridley Scott’s original Alien, Life puts it’s diverse ensemble cast in danger of being killed by a rapidly growing and evolving creature, named Calvin by school children when the crew announces it’s discovery to Earth. I’m not going to pretend it’s a brand new concept, but Daniel Espinosa really does make Life into a fresh feeling experience. I think the fact that the emphasis on realism and relatability to real life science lulls the audience into suspending disbelief enough that when Calvin evolves from single cell to his final monstrous design, you buy it and don’t question anything.
Chock full of tension, gore and some gorgeous cinematography, Life is a solid, Sci-Fi thriller from the writers of Zombieland and Deadpool and comes highly recommended from me. Walking the line between realism and horror, believable enough to scare you, far fetched enough to not give you nightmares.
7/10, Life is in Cinemas now .
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