The sci-fi feature follows a crew aboard the International Space Station who, after retrieving a sample from Mars, discover that it displays signs of life, a much more intelligent and cunning life than expected.
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A dignified, well-produced, compelling cross between Alien, Lifeforce, and Gravity. Derivative? Sure. Unoriginal? Absolutely. But considering the pitiful state of Hollywood sci-fi - and Hollywood cinema in general -, Life is as good as it gets.
After the film's derivative generic trailer my expectations were low for what turned out to be a surprising sci-fi entry well scripted and well cast. Tension runs high throughout much like the director's thrillers and the production values are quite impressive. One would think post-Alien that there is little life in this genre...but this film would care to differ on that point. Well worth a look.
It's exactly what you'd expect: an Alien rip-off without the suspense or craft. Scott's film is a masterpiece. Espinosa's is entertaining. A great cast, a tight script and sharp editing help Life move along and when it works, it's surprisingly enjoyable.