Film Review – Life

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Released: UK 24th March 2017 USA 24th March 2017
Rating: UK 15 USA R
Runtime: 1 hr 43 mins
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson
Plot: Five scientists consigned to the International Space Station mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a life form evolving expeditiously. Having caused the extinction on Mars it threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

David Bowie’s 1971 hit “Life On Mars” asks us Is there life on Mars? Although the answer to that could be years away, in Life, yes there is.

Life is a sci-fi horror with echoes of other classic space films. Much of the film borrows aspects from these including Alien and Gravity.

It’s a tried and tested format that works. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds put in strong performances and have effective chemistry with the rest of the cast.

Director Daniel Espinosa uses nice camera angles, long shots, and closeups.

Jon Ekstrand’s eerie score helps build up the tension. This results in a few moments to make you jump along the way. Some scenes make you feel uncomfortable and squeamish due to the effective alien effects. Life doesn’t hold back on the violence and gore either.

Life will keep you guessing until the very end then pulls the rug from under your feet with a neat twist.


Life, while not adding anything new to the genre is a tense, creepy and enjoyable sci-fi horror with strong performances and eerie score.


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