Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dykhovichnaya
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 44 min.
Life (the movie!) is predictable, occasionally stupid, and worst of all, mind numbingly dull. This is a bog-standard creature feature with nothing new to say. A snooze-fest that doesn’t work as an Alien-ask horror film, nor does it offer up characters you can care about. Even the space octopus causing all the trouble didn’t look all that menacing.
Life has no heart. No hero or villain to root for or hate. Just a bunch of astronauts doing un-astronaut like things in order to move the plot (and alien creature) forward. I’ll admit the production design, visual effects, and performances from the cast were decent, but beyond that, there’s nothing to report here. This doesn’t work as a horror film and I’d hardly call it science fiction either. A lot of talented people it seems, have put in their best work on a story that never should have been green-lit.
If you’re looking for a scary movie set in space, go watch Ridley Scott’s Alien. Life, isn’t scary, and barely registers as a sci-fi action flick. Keep your expectations low.
Worst Moment: << spoiler >>
The end of this film is completely unsatisfactory. A bullshit attempt at turning this dull film into a dull franchise.