Life Film Review: Tense and Thrilling
Life finds a way
I neither was planning to see Life in the theaters nor write a review, but after I decided to give this film a shot, I changed my mind and I am writing this review now. A lot of movies throughout the years claimed to be as good as Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Alien, and as you already know most of them were not even close. To put it clearly to you and everyone else who is interested in catching this one soon in the theaters, Life is not as good as Alien or a unique movie in its own right in anyway, you have seen this movie before at least twice since Alien but rarely you have seen it done better. It does what it sets out to do efficiently and effectively.
After a hit (Safe House with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds) and a miss (Child 44 with Tom Hardy), Director Daniel Espinosa redeems himself with this edge of your seat thriller in outer space. The movie revolves around the six-member crew of the International Space Station capturing the off track sample coming back from Mars that contains the first evidence of extraterrestrial life. However, the evidence turns into an intelligent creature that threatens the crew, and humanity as a whole. As you guessed by now, the story is very similar to Alien and the filmmakers know that, they never try to shy away from the apparent parallels.
Life is worth it
If you are going to make a film that has a predictable story that most of us saw before, then what makes this one watchable? Actually the film is more than watchable and that is mainly because the director and his team ably push the suspense and tension levels pretty high here and it works. The tension is real, very felt, and very well sustained. I don’t remember the last time I watched a movie that was able to establish such a decent level of suspense and edge of your seat thrills, I am sure it was at least 5 years ago. The filmmakers did not cheap out on the cast either, they brought some capable names like Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Fergusson, and Jake Gyllenhaal who gives the best and weirdest performance in the movie.
Most of its running time, Life is predictable, and the crew behind the camera knows that very well so they started quickly with establishing the players, setting a moody score, creating a dreadful atmosphere and giving a surprising character send off. Then they came back with a mean twist that I deliciously saw coming after providing plenty of unnerving suspense throughout the movie with some surprisingly capable camera work. Life is not ground-breaking or an original addition to the Sci-Fi horror cannon, but it is well made and proficiently able to provide some good scary fun for its target audience.