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2017 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
104 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Life Review


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.

Life (2017) is a 1h 44 min rated R American science fiction horror movie that had an estimated budget of $58 million. Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House (2012), Child 44 (2015), Easy Money (2010)) executed this storyline that we all know too well with precision. With a title like “Life,” one would think that there would not be much or minimal death in the movie, but it was just the opposite. It was emotional to see how the surviving characters feel when one of their teammates would die.

Life revolves around six astronauts and an alien in a place where no one can hear them scream. Six astronauts on the International Space Station discover what appears to be life on Mars but realizes that their discovery might not be what it appears to be. The first kill scene was brutal and certainly unexpected, not at all what I expected. It is not the sort of kill/action movie that will entertain viewers but would make them feel for the characters as they take their last breath. I found myself cringing throughout the film as some of the scenes were grisly. The aliens grow smarter and larger after killing a human.

The visual and special effects teams did a fantastic job of creating a nightmare that will haunt several viewers while they sleep. The alien’s movement was fluid, and it was incredible to watch him. Calvin/the alien cat and mouse game with the crew became redundant leaving me a tad bit bored. There was so much more that could have been done not to make the scenes appear so redundant.

All of the actors gave us average performances as their personalities were lacking where they appear to be in mission mode all the time. A little backstory or introduction to the characters would have been a nice added touch. I gave this movie a six because it was an okay watch that passed the time but it is not something that I will watch again or recommend to sci-fi fans.

About Life 2017

Title: Life
Year: 2017
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Naoko Mori, David Muir, Elizabeth Vargas, Haruka Kuroda, Ariyon Bakare, Alexandre Nguyen, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Hiu Woong-Sin, Camiel Warren-Taylor, Jesus Del Orden, Allen McLean, Leila Grace Bostwick-Riddell, Mari Gvelesiani
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Director: Daniel Espinosa