Monday, 27 March 2017

Life Film Review

I saw Life today and I have to say that aliens from Mars are not green and cuddly, but blood thirsty little suckers. Directed by Daniel Espinosa the movie was gripping from the start and the tension lasted right until the final frame. And it's safe to say once again that in space no-one can hear you scream.

The International Space Station crew of six are awaiting a space pod back with samples from Mars. Excitedly the samples show signs of life, and Ryan Reynold's Rory says that there's going to be a big custody battle over this baby. Biologist on board Hugh, played by Ariyon Bakare, is beside himself with excitement, playing with the strange little cells that are all muscle, brain and eye.

When the little sucker goes dormant Hugh decides to prod it with some gentle electric shocks. And it responds. Too well as we see Hugh's hand being gripped rather tightly by the little alien that's now grown up to be like a see through starfish. Doctor on board Miranda, played by beautiful Rebecca Ferguson, advises Rory not to go into the locked down lab to rescue Hugh, but of course he does and manages to get him to safety. Unfortunately the little alien is now loose from it's safety chamber and grabs hold of Rory. Managing to shake it off he tries fire blasting it. Although I thought if this alien being survived on Mars it probably can withstand fire. And it does and I'm afraid to say that the results are not nice. But beautifully filmed. There's no Tarantino style blood here. It's slow motion globules of floating blood.

Rather like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, it's them against the alien. The end game being that on no account must it return to Earth.....

A terrific little thriller/horror. With an interstellar team of actors including Jake Gyllenhaal, Olga Dihovichnaya and new father Hiroyuki Sanada. There was no fat in this production, everything was pared down to the bone within the space station. And maybe we should just let Mars keep it's own alien residents.

Definitely one to see.

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