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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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.
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.
It's very difficult to me not to compare this movie with Ridley Scott's ALIEN. Both of them have the similar premise. Set in claustrophobic place, check. The villain is the extraterrestrial creature, check. LIFE has a formulaic storytelling. I bet some people familiar with this kind of story. The A-list cast doesn't help. Daniel Espinosa knew how to make suspense and thrills. NOT TO MENTION THAT F*CKING ENDING...