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“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat

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“Life” is a science fiction horror movie directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Espinosa is a Swedish film director who previously worked on the movie “Child 44” which came out in 2015, and “Safe House” that came out in 2012. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as David Jordan, Rebecca Ferguson as Miranda North and Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams, to name a few.

Aboard the International Space Station, the crew captures a probe returning from Mars that contains soil samples from the rocky planet. One of the scientists makes a shocking discovery: there is bacterial life on Mars. The scientists revive the dormant organism, which is then named Calvin from a vote by schoolchildren in America. Calvin grows remarkably quickly and becomes far more intelligent and horrifying than the crew could have ever imagined.

The movie came into theaters in the United States on March 24, 2017, after moving its release forward to avoid competition with “Alien: Covenant,” another sci-fi movie. In its opening weekend, “Life” finished fourth in the box office, earning $12.6 million dollars. As of March 26, “Life” had grossed $28.7 million worldwide, still falling short of its $58 million budget.

“Life” earned a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a score of 7.1/10 on IMDb and a rating of 3/5 stars by Empire. The movie is “part Alien, part Gravity, just not as good as either of them. But Life whips along at a decent pace and deploys enough engaging action sequences to make it work,” wrote Jonathan Pile from Empire.

Altogether, “Life” doesn’t do anything we haven’t seen before, and despite some good ideas, “Life” amounts to an unremarkable sci-fi horror that never fully realizes its potential. The dazzling imagery and semi-exciting action scenes “Life” contains somewhat lessens the blow, but the movie never quite exceeds anything above “okay.”

“Life” is a movie that is not “the stupidest combination you’ve ever heard. But it’s not very good, either,” as Ben Kenigsberg from the New York Times put it. While not totally awful, “Life” is a lackluster movie that will leave you regretting wasting two hours of your life.

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