Life (2017)

When will people in space learn to keep that shit on lock down?

 A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Slick. Suspenseful. Solid sci-fi. These are just a few of the words I would use to sum up Daniel Espinosa’s first venture into the creature feature horror sub genre. Taut and tense from the get go, Life’s rich atmosphere and striking visual style, mixed with grounded performances delivers an ultimately rewarding experience.

Sure, there may be moments that are reminiscent to previous sci-fi wonders, but it is hardly fair that Life has been so heavily compared to Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic, Alien. My personal problem I have with the sci-fi genre to begin with is I believe they all tend to follow the same format – Astronauts on spaceship. Alien on spaceship. Alien kills. The end…

Unfortunately, the only problem with Life are the characters never feel fully fleshed out, which is sadly a missed opportunity with such a talented cast. Every character felt rather paper thin, it was as if each character was given one and only one personality trait. If only Espinosa gave us a few extra scenes to really delve into a little more character depth, because Life has everything, except an emotional impact.

The monster itself is a creative gelatinous nightmare, it is completely unnerving and ensues an extremely memorably stomach churning death scene. Life indeed has some flair, the chilly visual aesthetic is crisp, clean and the camera work is handled with elegance. Despite its character flaws, Life is terrific thriller with the perfect ending.

7.0 / 10

“Every single cell is a muscle cell and a nerve cell”

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