Life Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

The Review
Wow, that’s all I kind of want to say here. This is one of those sci-fi films that throws back to the edge of your seat intensity of those films such as Alien, Event Horizon and such. Of course, here there is something kind of even more horrifying, this is closer to reality. This is set in orbit around Earth in the International Space Station and the life form they find is just a small frozen single-cell organism. This is something that could potentially happen and come back from the probes that have been sent to Mars. So, when it comes to a Sci-Fi thriller/Horror, that close to reality factor completely moves your backside right to the edge of your seat.

The cast is outstanding and is full of wonderful actors. Sure, you are going to focus at first on the teaming of Gyllenhaal and Reynolds and sure, they are great, however the great casting does not stop there. Interestingly enough Ryan Reynolds intended to play the main character, but scheduling conflicts with The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) forced him to take a supporting part instead. However now that I have seen the film I think the roles are perfect and if it were reversed it wouldn’t have been as interesting. Gyllenhaal plays serious better than Reynolds.

Having said that it is no real surprise that through making this film Reynolds and Gyllenhaal have become great mates and when it came time to do stacks of press interviews for this film some very random things started happening and I have put a bunch of them together for you to check out.

 Sanada is great and this will not be any surprise to fans of the television show Helix. He is great at bringing intensity and rod ambiguity to his roles.

Well edited and beautifully shot and I really can’t rave enough about this film. There were no moments when I felt bored or lost focus or interest and the fact that this film is portrayed in current space travel conditions of zero gravity made this perfect. When you think of most space films they seen to be set in spaceships that have the ability to generate simulated gravity and so the constant floating in Life is so brilliant and helps to have you completely sucked in to the action.

The Verdict
Another fabulous Sci-fi outing that will have you sweating on the edge of your seat as play win will die next bingo.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 23rd March 2017
Rating: R13 – Contains Violence, horror scenes and offensive language
Duration: 104 minutes 
Genre:  SciFi, Horror, Thriller
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ryan Reynolds
Director: Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44)

The Extras

The movie is inspired by Alien (1979).

'Life! will be released on March 24, 2017 by Columbia Pictures after being moved up from its previously announced release date of May 26, 2017 to avoid competition with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

This will be the second time Hiroyuki Sanada plays an astronaut. He also played one in Sunshine (2007).

This will be the second time Ryan Reynolds has starred in a Daniel Espinosa film. They both worked on Safe House (2012) together.

First collaboration between Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.


This is the first Space-based movie to feature actor Jake Gyllenhaal.