Life: A Sci-Fi Thriller That Lacks Imagination
Movie Review by Vineetha Saikumar (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Life may look a lot similar to Gravity, but it has its own course of moving forward with its stunning visuals that build the suspense the film revolves around.
Set on the International Space Station, the sci-fi thriller may be good enough to hold in its brand of suspense, but it fades in comparison to other legendary movies of the same genre.
Life revolves around the Martian Program that the characters are working on. The characters of the cosmonauts and astronauts are played by Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jake Gyllenhaal and Olga Dihovichnaya, who come together to form a multi-racial group on a mission. As a team, they set out to know more about what may be the first proof of life (the organism/ET is named Calvin) on Mars in order to test its capabilities of survival, basically answering the question on the mind of every person on earth – Does life exist on Mars?
Life has been written with a perspective of what the human kind would do when they come in contact with a dangerous Extra-Terrestrial creature. This perspective is similar to the many films that belong to the same genre. Life’s writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have made sure the storyline remains entertaining throughout.
Director Daniel Espinosa has made sure that there was no time wasted in the film. He establishes the organism’s potential with clarity from the beginning itself. As the film’s narrative moves further, you notice that Life’s plot seems to be a mix of Gravity and Alien.
Calvin (the ET) looks exactly like the alien every other movie of this genre has been showing us – a slimy, multi-limbed create with a wicked face. The character construction of the extraterrestrial creature lacks creativity and imagination. They build the creature up so much that you can’t help but feel disappointed by its familiar appearance.
If you are an ardent fan of Alien movies, Life will disappoint you with its predictability and lack of imagination. However, if you are new to this genre, this might serve as a decent entertainer.