REVIEW: ‘Life’ A Tightly-Paced Alien Thriller


Life (2017)

A taut game of cat and mouse between a living organism devising from Mars and the six-person-strong crew of an orbiting space station, ‘Life’ is a tightly-paced thriller that initially presents itself as the thinking man’s sci-fi actioner before descending into ‘Alien’-like territory, complete with a computer-generated creature that earns its place in the annals of deep space villains.

After successfully capturing a space probe returning from Mars with a sample inside that could allude to the existence of extra-terrestrial life, the crew aboard the ISS (International Space Station) – a genetically blessed lot that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson – soon learn that their discovery is smarter than they anticipated, and it’s surpassing at an exceptional rate.

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Whilst ‘Life’ doesn’t exactly surprise in terms of its plot structure and where it ultimately travels, there’s a great deal of fun to have along the way as the crew are picked off one by one in a variety of inventively brutal, though not overly graphic scenarios; to call the alien life form persistent would be an understatement.

Echoing the claustrophobic setting of ‘Gravity’ whilst harnessing its own identity as a serviceable science fiction horror outing, ‘Life’ proves a fate worse than death in this blatantly enjoyable slice of violent popcorn entertainment.

Life is in cinemas now. Watch the trailer below:

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