Directed by Daniel Espinosa
The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, which proves more intelligent than ever expected.
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★★★★½ review by Marisa on Letterboxd
Me when David Jordan referred to all of us on Earth as "those 8 billion motherf*ckers": 😍 jake g acknowledged my existence 😍
★★★★ review by kevinyang on Letterboxd
The writers of Deadpool wrote the screenplay for a film that is not only legitimately entertaining and oftentimes frightening, but also surprisingly competent when it comes to keeping the audience engaged. Not to mention it having a hell of an ending.
Someone please cast me out into space with an alien life form so I can die an agonizing death.
★★★½ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd
Never seen Alien or Gravity and never plan to? Then this is a startlingly effective, scary creature-feature about a space crew who bring a small life-form onboard their station, but then it starts getting bigger and more threatening. Man, such creative and surprising things happen, like when one of the more incautious crew members gets compromised by the alien, and the female exec follows protocol and won't let him out of quarantine, but she gets overruled by one of the dudes under her, and terrible things happen as a result. Or when one of the crew members chases the alien down with an improved flamethrower, but it isn't where he expects it to be, and terrible things happen as a result. Or when the crew wants to get away in escape pods, and have to deal with the alien in the pods.
Problem is, if you've seen Alien, you've seen all this go down. It happens a bit differently here — this is a remix as well as a cover — but there are enough tremendously similar story beats and even individual shots and scenes that it was immensely distracting for me. What the film does well: The zero-grav effects, the alien's disconcerting flexibility and strength (I pity my co-worker who foolishly brought gummi octopuses to Life as a movie snack and regretted it), and the deaths, many of which are surprising and unexpected. What it does poorly: the action sequences aren't entirely clear, the explanations can be opaque, and my God is the Goodnight Moon reading sequence ever dumb.
★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
With fantastic performances, beautiful cinematography, stunning visual effects, heart-pumping paranoia and tension, and a great claustrophobic atmosphere, Life, while familiar and often clunky, is a welcome return to the horror genre for screenwriters Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick after Zombieland as well as a rare and unexpected example of both a horror film with characters who are believable, as are the decisions they make, and a sci-fi space thriller that captures a true sense of weightlessness.
★★★★ review by Carrie on Letterboxd
I miss when movies made space look fun
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