Life (2017): Like a Son Movie of Alien (1979), but Less Intense

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Life is Daniel Espinosa 2017 movie, follows a group of multinational astronauts: American medical officer Dr. David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and engineer Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), UK quarantine officer Dr. Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) and microbiologist Dr. Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare), Japanese pilot Sho Makimura (Sanada Hiroyuki) and Russian Commander Ekaterina “Kat” Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya). They catch pilgrim capsule that contains Mars’ soil sample and later find an organism within the soil.

Their discovery becomes a huge hit and claim as the discovery of “other life beyond earth”. Their success story broadcasts on earth and the organism is then called Calvin, based on an elementary school student opinion. Later, they find out that this Calvin hibernates during anorganic environment and when it awakens, it becomes what Dr. North told “It’s basically all are muscles, all are brains, all are eyes”. It turns from a chewed gummy bear, into a wet maneater orchid, into a help-me-I’m-clueless cephalopod. And as the proof that Calvin is dangerous for humanity, there goes Rory Adams’ not so sophisticated death.

After Rory Adams’ death, the extraterrestrial terror of Calvin intensifies. As in this situation where all life become expendable as long as Calvin doesn’t reach earth, the team try their best to avoid him, not to kill him with every possible tools that’re in that space station, or maybe they’re clueless like me. The one by one deaths then becomes usual, but Derry’s sentence at the halfend of this movie clears up everything. “All Calvin did is in order to survive. Calvin doesn’t hate us. He doesn’t want to kill us, he does it to survive.”

So this film reminds me of Ridley’s Alien (1979) and the resemblance is uncanny. The extraterrestrial life out there is somehow affected by our existence and tried to survive their life, even it means that they need to kill us. However, this movie doesn’t give me the same goosebumps and intense as its heritage trails, where even I can’t hold my breath and always terrifying of what will happen next. It gives a little horror but becomes less intense in the half end of the movie. At first I expect a more horrific climax, but it just ends the way I predicted. As I may say that this movie is quite successful as a horror, but just so-so as a science fiction movie. However, the casts are extraordinary. Jake Gyllenhaal is stable as usual, while Ryan Reynolds successfully steps outside his jokey Deadpool personality and becomes more serious here. The rest of the casts, though not as popular as that two actors, are solid too.

This movie is rated R for its quite horrible deaths of the crew, so watch it wisely. I give this movie 7.2/10.


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