What do you get when you mix Alien and Gravity? You get Sony’s Life.
Life is 2017 sci-fi horror directed by Daniel Espinosa. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya.
The film follows six crew members aboard an international space station as they discover and research the first evidence of life on Mars, but like all stuck in space films with white leads and disposable POC secondary characters everything goes to hell when the life form they’re testing becomes smarter than the humans themselves (duh) and everything goes to hell.
This film is not bad at all, it might be the unwanted, unoriginal child of Alien and Gravity but I mean I was engaged through its entire running time and that’s due to its stellar cast, well with the exception of Ryan Reynolds who plays himself and we have ourselves to blame. Jake and Rebecca’s chemistry was beautiful to watch and I expected nothing less from Jake who is by far one of the most underrated actors of his generation and Rebecca who is just exciting on screen.
Apart from the performances, what works for Life is the character’s determination to protect the earth, humanity from this hostile life form that could have potentially destroyed all life on earth. The fear of human extinction really drives the characters to do stupid things to push the story forward and keep us engaged.
Another part of Life that I liked was the life form named Calvin by Ariyon Bakare’s character. Calvin is basically every alien villain from every movie rolled into one and he doesn’t even speak but he just kills and that’s my kind of villain.
Cool thing I learned about this film is the crazy fan theories circulating online that Life is actually an origin story to another Sony property which happens to be Venom, which exists in the Spider-Man universe (hopefully not Marvel’s Spider-Man). As crazy as this seems, the theories are actually pretty on point, with certain scenes being pointed out and the films ending which saw Jake’s character encased in black like substance, which resembles Venoms symbiote.
Though the film lacked rhythm, is filled with mishaps and ends up being a typical Alien-Gravity wannabe film after building up to what could have been a film to rival Nolan’s Interstellar (LOL). Life is not half bad and I predict it to be a space classic in 75 years.
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