Life Movie Review

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Google summary: Astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds) aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

First of all, for anyone who doesn’t know: there’s a rumor that this movie is a prequel to Venom, and it’s not. So there’s that. But how was the actual movie? Well, it was great. It’s really nothing new or out of this world, but overall it was pretty enjoyable. It has a really great cast, but probably the best character – or, at least, the funniest – was the character of Rory, played by Ryan Reynolds. He’s great, but the problem is that he’s barely even in the movie, which was a bit disappointing and also misleading, since he’s on many of the posters and was in many of the trailers. That’s probably the biggest criticism I can give Life.

The first 15 to 20 minutes did start out a bit clunky, and some of the line delivery for that portion of the film really wasn’t that great, but as soon as they encounter the alien (also known as Calvin), the movie picks up quite a bit of steam. The overall feel of the film is very good. It does have the feel and tone of an isolation movie. A lot of movies take a lot of inspiration from the film Alien, and a lot of movies have done this well, but others have done badly (like the video game adaptation Doom). Life does take a lot of inspiration from Alien, but it’s a more realistic take on what would actually happen if a group of people encountered some alien life form, and I really liked that aspect of the movie. In regards to CGI, the film looks gorgeous: everything in space, the look of earth, the space station, and the entity that develops throughout the movie are all really good. This also has a great and talented cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds and many other extremely talented actors did a fantastic job in this movie. I cannot spoil the ending of the film, but all I have to say is: good job.

Grade: 8/10