Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists
aboard the International Space Station whose mission of
discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly
evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now
threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
Let me start by stating that I am not happy. Iím not happy, people. Letís just say that as a tried and true lover of all things Ryan Reynolds (its ok with Cine Marcos), I am not happy. You will find that although Ryan and Jake Gyllenhaal are the heavy hitters of this film; donít expect them to be the MVPs. This movie has its merits but I guess that I am one of those ďI like happy endingsĒ kind of girls. Whereas this film is very realistic in that itís an in your face, ďwhat could happen, if this could happenĒ kind of film.
Cine Marcos stated that you could say itís a modern day Alien remix, just so familiar. I was 13 years old when Alien came out and although as a child of a tried and true movie fan, I was watching all types of films as long as I could sit in a seat, I remember keeping my eyes shut during much of that film due to the gory alien scenes. Well, here we go again. Mind you, I have to say itís not as gory, or at least a modern more tasteful form of gory, if that even exists.
I know after hearing all that, you might think Iím saying this is a bad film, but itís really not. Itís a matter of preference. The movie is excellently made, I mean just the opening scenes of space and all are marvelous. I have a soft spot for views of my home planet from space and the cinematography here will not disappoint. Something else that wonít disappoint is the casting in this movie. As before mentioned, Ryan plays Rory Adams, who you might say is a sort of space mechanic and all around bad ass. Jake Gyllenhaal plays David Jordan, an ex-military astronaut who has been on the space station for well over a year and would rather stay in space than return to earth to live with war loving humans. Also on board are Rebecca Ferguson as Miranda North, a Brit on the space station and the one who personally holds secret a protocol no one sees coming. Hiroyuki Sanada as Sho Murakami, Tech and family man away from home just when his family is growing. Olga Dihovichnaya plays Ekaterina Golovkina as the Russian astronaut who cares. Finally, but never least Ariyon Bakare playing Hugh Derry who, if you have a TV at home or seen a preview lately, you know is injured early on in the film, but what then? But letís not forget the Martian life formÖ. Actually, after watching this film and not covering my eyes as I did so many years ago, I want to forget it. Letís say the special effects used in the interpretation of this life form, is amazing!
I think one of the reasons that made this film more realistic is that the International Space Station is an unnamed star in this movie. The scenes are intense, high action and fast paced. You will want a chance to catch your breath, you may even have a moment of wanting to leave the theater as I did because I just couldnít take it for its intensity, but stick it out, and it will pan out. It moves quickly and you will be invited into the stressfulness of the situation. Now is there life on Mars? Well I thinkÖ, itís just a movie folks and whether you believe or not, go see this film and decide for yourself if this could be possible and what we would be up against.
Review By Priscilla
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