MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 103 MIN
A Sony Pictures release of a Columbia Pictures, Skydance presentation of a Skydance production. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya. Producers: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn. Executive producers: Don Granger, Vicki Dee Rock.
Director: Daniel Espinosa. Screenplay: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Camera (color, widescreen): Seamus McGarvey. Editor: Frances Parker, Mary Jo Markey. Music: Jon Ekstrand.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare
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Life is a must-see for any fans of the “Alien” franchise that it liberally borrows from. The formula is not new but the thrills abound. I spent the whole movie on the edge of my seat and loved every minute of it.
The plot is simple. Eight months into mission to Mars, to retrieve a lander that has gathered soil samples from Mars, the scientist crew members find alien life in the form of a jellyfish like organism. While studying the organism, the team discovers that this alien being is far smarter and much more hostile than they imagined. In short, the organism that is named “Calvin” is a real badass, who begins to hunt the crew members in increasingly gruesome ways. The purpose of the mission thus changes from studying this new life to making sure that the predatory alien never makes it to Earth.
As with all horror movies, some of the decisions the crew members make are completely idiotic. But you will definitely enjoy this “Alien” derivative.