With the tagline “We Were Better Off Alone” the Sci-fi film Life is a story that has been polished to perfection. If you come into this film wanting to see a lot of gore and moments that will keep you on your toes, you have most certainly come to the right place. Fueled by sheer terror, a new cinematic monster is born that will take you on the ride of your life.
Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that could have caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
At first glance, Life may appear to be a film lacking originality; I assure you this is not the case at all. What sets Life apart from other science fiction films dealing with Aliens is the mear fact of its foundation of originality; like a beacon of light penetrating through the fog, Life gives off that “horror vibe” more than any other related movie I have seen. Life releases two months ahead of Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant, which is good because this will set the two very different science fiction films apart and give audiences time off in between. I am sure that many will see this film just to see if it is a horrible movie, you will be gravely disappointed if that is your only reasoning.
Director Daniel Espinosa does exceptionally well-managing ways to get the audience vested in the characters and building up that empathy for them. When the death scenes come; each is tragic because of our compassion towards the characters that the audience has built up throughout the film.
Not much is known about our villain “Calvin” except for the mere fact Calvin is very smart – is always one step ahead of the game, and Calvin evolves at a considerably high rate. Calvin is from Mars, and it is unknown if this species once dominated the red planet, this makes our story that much more terrifying.
Barely three months into the year and moviegoers have already come in contact with some great cinematic ventures releases like Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and The Beast, Logan, and Get Out. Life is rated right up at the top. With this unique story along with top notch actors and actresses, we have our perfect monster movie with a budget well deserved. Life is a distinguished entry into the sci-fi horror subgenre world that I hope we see more of down the road.
Life has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on March 24, 2017.
Check out our interview on Page 2 with Life writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, where we not only discuss the villain in the film but touch upon upcoming sequels for Zombieland and Deadpool. Be advised major plot spoilers ahead for the film Life.