Life – Film Review

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

What’s it about?
Life, is a science fiction film directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Jake GyllenHaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson and Hiroyuki Sanada among others.
When a sample recovered by the International Space Station is found to contain dormant cells of an alien lifeform, it gets everyone on the space station excited as they take it to be definitive proof that we are not alone in the universe. The crew conducts various experiments and succeed in bringing the lifeform back to an active state. Overjoyed, one of the crew members begins interacting with it without realizing the danger that they have brought back to life.  As the lifeform become more self aware, it begins to attack them in order to ensure its survival. How the crew deals with this and mange to survive is what forms the rest of the film.

What’s Good?
The film delivers good thrills for the most part. It gets the viewer familiar with the topography of the space station and this helps in following the action as it unfolds. The concept of the alien life-form being responsible for the extinction of life on Mars is cool and has been explored well. The action in the film is good, with the astronauts forced to out think the alien, which gets smarter and smarter by the minute, in order to survive.
The VFX of the film is great and the art direction of the space station is really good.

What’s not?
The film’s climax is as cliched as it can get. The twist that the film goes for can be spotted by the viewer long before it happens. The film could have also done with a little more action. Also, after the first act setup, the film seems to take inspiration from the Alien franchise with the alien hunting down the crew members and this feels a little too familiar.  But other than that it does not seem to have that many problems.

Performances
This film has an ensemble cast where everyone gets a few scenes to shine. Ryan Reynolds as the hotshot astronaut is there in the film for about five minutes but leaves an impact. Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Furguson are the main leads of the film and they both do a good job, although for actors of their caliber they could have played these roles in their sleep. Hiroyuku Sanada has a small role and does not have much to do. Rest of the cast are OK.

Final Word
This film is a decent sci-fi thriller that entertains and keeps the viewer engrossed for the most part


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