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Movie Review: Life

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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 the crew and all life on Earth.

I’m sure a lot of people reading this are pretty big Ryan Reynolds fan and while he’s great and all, Jake Gyllenhaal is my guy. As soon as I see him in a film, I’m all in. So, of course when I saw the trailer for Life and saw Gyllenhaal, I already knew I was going to see it. Now, if he wasn’t in it, I’d probably still watch it as I found the trailer interesting.

Starring the 2 guys mentioned above, Rebecca Ferguson and 3 others that most people won’t recognize, Life has its ups and downs. It truly felt like a rollercoaster ride. Before I go any further, I want you all to know that this film is inspired by the 1979 film, Alien. So, if you weren’t a fan of that specific film or any of the recent Alien-type versions, then Life won’t be for you. The story has some holes in it, which is unfortunate as the film is an hour and forty-five minute film, which means they could’ve easily fixed some of those holes and gave us more answers with another 15 minutes and I’m sure the emotion and engagement would still be there. I feel like there were a lot more questions than answers and had my friends and I asking each other questions for almost the entire 30-minute car ride.

With that being said, the moments in the film that feel like you’re on a high is whenever the alien, creature, whatever you want to call it, is on screen. Which is at least 1/3 of the film. So, to break it down, you have 1/3 of thrilling action, 1/3 of build-up and 1/3 of boringness (pretty sure that’s a word). Visually, I thought it was stunning. Maybe not Gravity-stunning, but close enough.

Overall, Life is a good sci-fi thriller with a good enough cast to make the trip to the theatre worthwhile.

Life hits theatres tomorrow, March 24.

 

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