Life (2017) Movie Review

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Life (2017)

2017 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
104 minutes / 1h 44min

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Life Plot Synopsis:

Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Life (2017) Review

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.

  • Life Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.15
  • IMDB: 6.6
  • MetaCritic: 5.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7

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About Life 2017

Title: Life
Year: 2017
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.08/5 stars from 185,654 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 185,654 MPAA Rating: R
Life Cast Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Naoko Mori, Rebecca Ferguson, Haruka Kuroda, Olga Dykhovichnaya, Leila Grace, Ariyon Bakare, Alexandre Nguyen, Olga Dihovichnaya, Hiu Woong-Sin, Camiel Warren-Taylor, Jesus Del Orden, Allen McLean, Leila Grace Bostwick-Riddell, Mari Gvelesiani, David Muir, Elizabeth Vargas
Life Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Life Director: Daniel Espinosa
Box Office: $30,180,466
Production: Skydance Films
Language: English, Japanese, Vietnamese
Country: USA