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Movie Review – Life

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In many ways, Life could be considered as a re-imagination of Alien. One in which Mankind is far less able to defend himself.

In my opinion, it’s hard not to be reminded of classic space/sci-fi horror movies when watching Life. Several key scenes felt to be homages. “Calvin’s” first rampage and the resulting pandemonium mirror the dinner scene in Alien. The subsequent defibrillator scene with Ariyon Bakare would have you clutching your seat, if you remember what happened in The Thing. For space horror fans, these scenes would undoubtedly delight and thrill. In doing so, they also compensate for Life’s main shortcoming. Which is the fact that the entire movie is actually completely predictable, and without surprises.

No surprises, that is, except for the ending. **** as it is, I deem the ending the finest accomplishment of Life. The horror aside, it reiterates the underlying statement of the movie in a most emphatic way. The fact that Man is yet unready for contact with extra-terrestrial species, be it mentally or technologically. We attack and we hate when confronted by aggression. In the face of an equally belligerent species, how well is that going to turn out to be? For some, such a statement might feel to be overly pedantic for an action movie. Shouldn’t we just focus on the killing and shooting? But with the overall realistic setting of the story, some food for thought is offered. One is also encouraged to re-valuate current space-exploration efforts, and consider just how ready we are for interplanetary discoveries.


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