Review: Life

Bukola Adeleye, Arts & Features Editor

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller

Rating: ★★★★★

“Life” is set in the International Space Station. Six astronauts have received actual samples from the planet Mars. Astronaut Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) studies one of the samples and discovers that there is life on Mars, prompting the celebration of life form “Calvin.” When an incident happens in Calvin’s incubator causing it to go into hibernation, Derry goes into the lab to see what happened to it, only to realize that Calvin becomes hostile. When Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds) enters into the laboratory, he gets killed by Calvin in the process. Now five of the remaining astronauts must make sure that Calvin is destroyed before getting back to Earth.

Director Daniel Espinosa does a remarkable job on the movie. The movie starts out slow for the first 20-30 minutes to establish all of the six roles of the astronauts, their personalities and why they are there in the first place. The pace increases tenfold when Calvin makes the smallest moves. There is also a high usage of profanity throughout the movie that at times seems redundant and useless for the plot, but it is negated by the fear and action of the remaining astronauts. There is no guessing what could come next when watching “Life.” Viewers who love a great thrill and the horrors of the cosmos will enjoy this film; it is truly not for the squeamish.

 

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