In space, nobody can hear you borrowing ideas
Village Jam Factory - Saturday 25 March 2017, 11:40am
Running time: 104m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong science fiction themes and violence)
Release date: 23/03/17
Rating: 7.5/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 4/5)
When a probe returns with Martian soil, the crew from the International Space Station have the task of testing the sample. They soon discover a single cell of life from the red planet, and the scientific breakthrough is a cause for celebration... until everything goes wrong and the crew begin to get picked off one by one by the alien. Sound familiar?
Borrowing heavily from Alien and Gravity, Life is a well-polished and very entertaining film packed with drama, intrigue and whole lot of suspense. The cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Arizona Bakare and Olga Dihovichanaya) float and yell their way through a film that uses zero-gravity effects flawlessly. The visual effects are nothing short of breathtaking and the story is edge-of-your-seat thrilling... but we felt like we'd seen it before. Despite this lack of originality (including the Prometheus-like score) it's well-crafted and very enjoyable example of the genre that still manages to provide some innovative twists as well as an ending that is both refreshing and disturbing. Recommended.