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Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
Horror Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a science fiction horror thriller akin to the
first Alien film. This is an ensemble piece
though some of the stars (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca
Ferguson) have more screen time than others (Ryan
Reynolds). Language and graphic violence make this not
Roger EbertFull Review Average "Life” bounces back a bit with a commitedly sour punchline, and then blows that by punching up a ‘70s hit you've heard a million times before in a million better cinematic contexts. And that's "Life.”
USA TodayFull Review Above Average ...while it shares more than a few commonalities with Ridley Scott's seminal Alien, director Daniel Espinosa's thriller gives audiences a seriously cool monster and a sinister twist on a survival-of-the-fittest theme.
NY PostFull Review Average "Life” is a high-budget affair with impressive cinematography, occasionally dizzying in its depiction of a zero-gravity workplace. But for all its CGI showiness, the fact that Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal signed on for this splatterfest is the film's most impressive feat.
Rolling StoneFull Review Average What we have here is junky Alien clone disguised as, well, something better. But there's no life in Life, just leftovers, and a set-up comes pretty close to being a parody of the 1979 Ridley Scott classic.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 41 moviegoers:
WOW! These are some VERY MIXED REVIEWS! I haven't seen reviews this mixed in a long time. It appears some of you will love "Life" and others will hate it. The extremely low reviews are very uncommon and indicate a movie that contains scenes that moviegoers hate.
TEENS: Two males loved it and two rated it "average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male loved "Life" and one rated it "average." Of the 5 females, 1 loved it, 1 rated it "average," 2 rated it "poor" and one rated it "terrible."
ADULTS: About half the males either loved it or enjoyed it very much. However, the remaining 45% to 50% either felt it was just an "average" movie or they actually hated it. Unfortunately, the reviews from the females, are too mixed to be of any help in determining if this is a movie that you might like. I can't recall the last time I saw reviews with such a high percentage of "terrible" ratings.