Life (15)

No one can hear you scream in outer space! An international space crew discovers life on Mars but it all goes tits up when they get too close to their alien counterpart.

Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. What a combo. You’d think together any movie they’re in would be a laugh-a-minute comedy classic. Not this time. In an attempt to show that he’s more than just a cute face and quick one-liners, Reynolds showcases a series of subdued expressions. We see sad Reynolds, scared Reynolds and I’m going to shit myself Reynolds.

But I digress, back to the story.

A group of astronauts are on a mission to find out if life on Mars truly exists. They arrive at their destination, check the lab results and what do you know, there is life on Mars.

In hindsight, they should have just binned off the whole mission and gone on a bender because what comes next is horrific.

An alien life-form begins to grow on-board the ship. But hey it’s okay because it’s contained in the lab, for now. It grows and soon enough after breaking his scientist buddy’s hand, manages to escape its confines.

Then it becomes a race against time to outwit the alien who is growing in strength, size and intelligence by the minute.

The crew can’t risk returning to Earth in case the life-form escapes and wreaks havoc on mankind, but at the same time they don’t want to meet their sticky end at the hands of this supernatural jerk.

Whatever they do, they’re screwed. So, they pull together to destroy it, while it plots its next move.

Life is a visually stunning Sci-Fi horror that takes a while to get going, but oh boy when it does you are going to freak out. Director Daniel Espinosa does not spare any bloodshed. It’s all laid out bare for you to see. If you hate blood, gore and all out destruction go and see a Disney animation, this isn’t the movie for you.

By Ruth Walker

★★★☆☆

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