Everyone, meet Calvin, the new alien life form found in outer space that a bunch of smart people who decided they needed to find for the future of mankind. With such a huge discovery for Earth they even went as far as to create a real time interview with the crew and even let a school name the sucker. OH JOY (I say sarcastically).
As I am watching this crew literally take all the necessary steps to their doom I found myself wondering “Why, why, why are they doing this?”. Maybe I wasn’t listening and I missed the reason, who knows! All I know is that I have seen this story before and while they decided to get big A-listers like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, to play this crew but not give them good enough characters to care about, I am not in it to see something unique in the alien and the destruction it is going to cause.
So let me point out that it is not easy to sell me on sci-fi films. Something about them I can’t seem to get into them as much as other genres but for the sake of entertainment I decided to see this movie, plus my celebrity crush is in it. Sold on that already.
So the movie wasn’t half bad. LITERALLY. The first half was very hard for me to get through. It was like watching a special on the discovery channel. Even though we are a third person view looking into their world it didn’t feel like the script, dialogue, or the acting was meant to be heard by anyone else but them. So there was no connection to what they were doing. It was like sitting in a waiting room waiting for our named to be called to see what was happening or what was going on. I will say their one continuous shot of the beginning as they were introducing the crew and the layout of the ship was pretty impressive. It picks up of course after they pick up the little one and start playing with it. Life did provide some very worthy suspense but their problem was it was way too predictable. This is coming from someone who have seen these kinds of movies in the past. So if you are new or novice to the genre, I think you will enjoy this a lot more than I did.
My biggest grind is that you have these educated human beings who are cleared to be up in outer space studying things they know nothing about but for some reason make the dumbest mistakes ever for the sake of suspense. I just didn’t believe the constant let downs being made by this crew to keep the story going. So it just didn’t pull me in as it should. I will say this, the attacks and chaos being made were a little creative. I definitely looked away from the screen and watched others around me in the theatre do the same. So you do get something out of this movie but for me, I have seen it before.
So overall, big names don’t guarantee a hit. From the generic title to the tagline of the poster, this movie missed the mark on setting themselves different from the rest. Life will come off as a thriller roller coaster ride of epic proportions from the ads but if you have seen Aliens, The Thing, The Abyss, Splice, Etc. I mean I could go on, You have seen this movie. If you haven’t seen any of the above I suggest checking them out and if you like what you see you can add this to your sci-fi binge marathon and enjoy it for what it is.
Entertainment scale: 2 1/2 out of 5 for some okay thrills and decent acting to an already worn out plot.
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