Life Review

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Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Olga Dihovichnaya.

Six crew members on the International Space Station manage to successfully capture a sample of life from Mars. When the crew start to experiment on the new-found sample, they find that it isn’t as friendly as they thought it would be. Now they fight for their lives against the creature, with limit oxygen.

The trailers for the film didn’t sell me on the film. It came across as an Alien knock off and would just be one of those films that wouldn’t work or be unique in any way. However, after I saw reviews come up and they were positive it quickly became a must see for me.

Positives. The characters were a strong part of this film helping add to the story and you really feel for them and grow to like them quickly, I spoil which actors do the best in case it spoils who dies but across the board they all did well. With a similar story to Alien, it could have been easy to just copy the film exactly but it manages to keep the film fresh, and the comparisons to Alien will be there but the film takes place in modern-day, and gives an interesting insight into what would happen if alien life was found. The built tension is carried through the film and despite only have six people, the pace is kept going the whole time.

Negatives. At times it is predictable and it seemed like everything the crew did would not work against the creature. I also did not like the design of the alien, I felt like it was trying to be so different from Xenomorph from Alien, that it looked slightly odd and stuck out but it was unique.

I really enjoyed this film, I recommend it for fans of Alien, Sci Fi and Horror.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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