Life (2017)

Director Daniel Espinosa has given us a great space action horror flick. There’s a good lesson here too that we’ve seen before in movies like Jurassic Park: Don’t mess with nature.

“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.” -IMDB


Jake Gyllenhaal David Jordan
Rebecca Ferguson Miranda North
Ryan Reynolds Rory Adams
Hiroyuki Sanada Sho Murakami

Directed by

Daniel Espinosa

Written by

Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Other Info

Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Fri 24 Mar 2017 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.1

It starts like any other space team film. You might even expect the label predictable. still, if you want a Big Mac, there’s nothing better to satisfy your hunger. People who liked Alien and Gravity will like this film. Scene for scene it’s a lot of the same stuff. Creature is brought aboard, impossible to kill. Yeah. There is an ending eerily similar to Gravity but I will spare you the twist.


This is a great ride. While parts seeem highly borrowed, I chose to enjoy it and let it rock me. I would have liked to have seen something more scientifically illuminating as the trailer and title alluded to. Still it’s a great thriller with horror elements that fans of these genres will enjoy. A lot of work clearly went into this. Too bad it’s a rehashed plot. Most people will enjoy it.


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Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.

1 thought on “Life (2017)”

  1. For me this was a scientific version of Alien that is filled with bad decisions from smart people that frustrates a lot, but the idea of doing the research in space does work for me

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