This science fiction saga tells the story of astronauts on the International Space Station who retrieve a sample from Mars and discover it contains evidence of intelligent life. The crew is thrust into danger when the specimen shows signs of aggression, threatening the entire mission. Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson. Daniel Espinosa directed a script written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare
Release Date: Mar 24, 2017
Rated R for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror
Runtime: 1 hr. 43 min.
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Thriller
Life is a surprisingly bland rethread of Alien. Daniel Espinosa does a serviceable job of directed an impressive collections of actors. It has the hallmarks of decent filmmaking but even with the actor’s best efforts it’s never terribly interesting. The story plays out exactly the way you expect it to go and there’s little effort to bring something new to the story. The biggest mystery during the entire thing is the order of the characters exit. Even the finale, which the film seems to think is mind blowing, is incredibly predictable. You have to wonder if there is a better film in there somewhere. That’s the only thing that could explain what could have drawn so many talented actors to such a bland and forgettable exercise.