Life tells the story of a crew of astronauts as they discover a new life form on Mars. As the crew begins to run tests on the new life form, it begins to grow rapidly and turns hostile. At this point, I should mention that Life is not a movie for the faint-hearted. Rather, it is a heart pounding thriller that is sure to send chills down your spine.
This sci-fi film reminds me a lot of Ridley Scott’s Alien from the 70’s. While many sci-fi films since Alien have been rightly compared to it, Life stands out being different in several ways. It is a sci-fi film that knows its inspirations but surprises its audience extremely well. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the movie. Not being able to relax at all is one of the best compliments I could give to this sci-fi thriller. (Hint: Hang in tight for the ending, you’re in for a surprise!)
The story goes on as the life form grows and kills the crew members violently, one by one. As it makes its way through the group, the space team begins to turn on themselves in hopes of survival. The theme of sacrifice is prevailing throughout the movie and gets amplified as the film hits the climax in a scene where the captain sacrifices herself to prevent the alien life form from re-entering the space vessel.
Starring an all-star cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson, the film’s cast adds to the surprising nature of the story. The moments that end up being the biggest in the film come from the surprising lengths these characters will go in order to survive. This makes an interesting take on something that could have easily been created with CGI that would have given little heart and brain. The characters encounter life and death situations very often and the weight of someone’s choice echoes and reverberates throughout the entire film.
Overall, Life is an excellent example of going against the typical sci-fi genre and presents some truly brilliant performances from the main cast. While many may be expecting something like the sci-fi films that Hollywood has been churning out over the past couple years, this film is far from the normative sci-fi film. One of the gems in this movie features a very human performance from Ryan Reynolds that was just as surprising as the film itself.
Here are my Top 5 reasons you should watch it:
- A great thriller set in a chilly lonely space environment.
- A gritty and trapped space adventure.
- Ryan Reynolds’ scene.
- The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.
- Unpredictable scare moments.
Check out the trailer here: