Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Life is directed by Daniel Espinosa, and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson. It tells the story of a group of scientists on the International Space Station, as they study the first discovered form of extraterrestrial life. This organism quickly turns hostile, and the crew finds themselves trying to stay alive and keep the alien from reaching Earth.
I was really looking forward to seeing Life. The trailers looked really intriguing to me, and the press interviews that Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal were giving were absolutely hilarious. Unfortunately, the film amounted to nothing more than a bad rip-off of Alien. There were a few things to like in this movie, but for the most part, this film failed to be original, and even more importantly, it left no impact on its audience. Leaving the theater after the film’s conclusion, I overheard somebody say to their friend “That was ridiculous”, and I don’t think they meant it in a good way.
One of the areas where this film succeeds is the cast and the performances they give. Ryan Reynolds was his typical Ryan Reynolds character, and that was entertaining enough. The best performances came from Jake Gyllenhall and Rebecca Ferguson. They both gave this film their all in this film, and they really sold every scene they were in. While their characters may not have been the most interesting people in the world, the performances given by the actors in these roles made them at least slightly enjoyable to watch. Side note: Who would’ve guessed that the new Power Rangers movie would have better character development than Life?
Oddly enough, the most enjoyable part of this movie was everything that happened before the alien entered the scene. The alien in this movie looked unique and interesting in the trailers. The idea of this very basic organism becoming something that these astronauts fear was a really cool idea. Unfortunately, they almost immediately turn it into a cliché movie alien. Even the design of the alien in this film was hackneyed; initially, it resembled the look of a “facehugger” from the Alien movies, then they just added a face onto it. That was about it. Also, the way they had the alien escape its original containment facility was incredibly stupid. I legitimately caught myself rolling my eyes.
I do have to admit that there were a few scenes and sequences in this movie that were pretty good, particularly those that were there to scare the audience. This film didn’t rely on just jump scares, which was a relief. In fact, I’m not sure if there was a single jump scare in this movie. The film did a good job building a sense of suspense in the scenes with the alien. I found myself on the edge of my seat a couple of times throughout the film. Though that tension that was built didn’t last continuously throughout the film. It was there in a couple scenes, and then it was nowhere to be found in the rest of the movie.
Though the film had quite a few flaws, I still found myself enjoying it. In fact, I was ready to give this film something along the lines of a 5 or 6/10. That was, until the end of the movie. The end of this movie was probably one of the stupidest and most predictable endings to a movie I’ve seen. A couple minutes before the conclusion, I found myself thinking “Please don’t go in that direction”, but they did it anyway, and I had to resist the urge to audibly groan in the theater.
There’s something to be said about a film when the most enjoyable part of it is when Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” starts playing in the credits. Life was a big disappointment. The actors gave good performances, and it had some thrilling moments, but ultimately, it feels like a dollar store Alien. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend seeing Life. If you’re really into scary space movies, then maybe check it out when it comes out on DVD, but don’t bother seeing it in the theater.
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