Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast:Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya
Genre: Drama Adventure
Country of Origin: USA 2017 103 mins. (15)
Released by Sony Pictures
'Life,' goes for the alien sci-fi thriller touch but it's a hard act to follow after Ridley Scott's 1979 classic.
The six-member crew of an international space station await the contents of a space craft from Mars secure in the knowledge that analysis of the material will be contaminant free. As research continues, scientific delight erupts. A unicellular organism is found which is the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet and back on Earth some school kids name it Calvin.
There's a slight problem. Calvin's not going to be a stay in the petri dish, this is a parasitic predator who grows exponentially and hopes to be the fright front runner in the class of international space station horrors.
As the jelly-like, starfish-shaped Calvin grows, bangs around and looks for its next meal, the international crew, 400 plus days in space, loner Dr David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Roy Adams (Ryan Reynolds), who wants to be in charge, Chief Scientist Dr Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare), microbologist Dr Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), Japanese engineer Sho Kendo (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Russian mission commander Katrina Gobukin (Olga Dihovichnaya) have to switch to a search and destroy mission but cunning Calvin's not an easy kill. Throw what you like at Calvin, he's having none of it and he's getting the open the door, free run of the space station.
'Life' isn't front of the race for originality or in depth characters and Calvin's not top of the space station extraterrestrial horrors, that's still with the 1979 classic. It's an easy watch, on board sci-fi scare tactics with some space station 'Gravity' visuals and nods to 'Martian' and '2001, A Space Odyssey.'