Movie Review LIFE (2017) Another Space Monster Strikes Again

Life, starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Olga Dykhovichnaya & Ariyon Bakare, is directed by Daniel Espinosa, whose resume includes Child 44 & Safe House.

"Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, well, this life form is much more than it seems to be."

The film is set on the International Space Station and we watch as our group of astronauts are on an exciting mission to collect Martian samples in a groundbreaking event. The sample is expected to hold a clue to extraterrestrial lifeforms. After they capture the sample, they put it under the microscope and sure enough, they find something. A cute little thing attached to their sample, and they end up naming it "Calvin." It starts to grow some more into what could be referred to as a mollusk creature.

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Then one might one of the scientists departs from protocol and in the process, sort of makes the chamber that holds Calvin, go a bit on the fritz. This make Calvin curl up and become non-responsive, but of course, the scientists can't leave well enough and they try to stun-shock Calvin back to life or activity.  And of course, delivering an electric shock to the poor little creature definitely wakes it up. And it's pissed.

From there, it crushes that doctor's hand in a pretty gruesome fashion and tries to escape the sample pod. When it can't do that, it turns back into the pod, grabs the tiny electric pod, snapping it in tow, making a sharp instrument to cut it's way out of the pod.

Isn't it cute????

It's definitely showing a form of intelligence they did not expect and from there on out, the creature does what it has to, to protect itself from the threat, the danger to its life... that being the crew.

And then sheeot hits the fan, the air-lock, the solar panels, the entire space station and it goes on from there.

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Life was a fun time killer alien space monster film. Many critics called it a "meh" kind of film, but for some reason, they never said that about any of the acid-blood dripping Alien franchise movies that have come out where they all follow the exact same story formula, so when I noticed this of Life, I settled in and enjoyed the pissed off space alien on a space station story.

With that said, yet again, science protocols were ignored. It's an age-old trope... having scientists ignore all the rules they normally follow. Ryan Reynolds was, well, Ryan Reynolds... as a wise-cracking astronaut. But Ferguson and Gyllenhaal carried the film right to the end.

There were some creepy and gruesome deaths and the end-film twist was possibly expected, but it was still a pleasantly nice ending for a space alien monster movie.

Yes, it's a B-movie, and it was glorious in all it's B-ness!

All in all, it was a fun movie and if I had seen it in theaters, I would not have minded.


On a side note, way back before this film came out, there were suppositions that this film might have been related to the Cloververse, the same world that the Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane. This turned out to not be the case, BUT in case you were wondering, there is going to be a Cloververse film in space coming out, called God Particle. It's due out in February of 2018.

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