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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

LIFE [2017]

Director Daniel Espinosa tries his hand at the 'In Space No One Can Hear You Scream' genre with Life.
Here we have a team aboard an international space station that's discovered signs of life on Mars but unfortunately for them this sign of life means to extinguish theirs.
After the viewer is enthralled by the opening eight minute long shot, reminding us Gravity created that intense disorientation ten times better, things quickly go downhill from there.  It seems so intent on making the science seem convincing it immediately grounds the film in a way that it leaves little otherworldly imagination to work with.  I've never seen Jake Gyllenhaal or Ryan Reynolds look so painfully bored with what they're doing, so it's refreshing to see Rebecca Ferguson give it all she's got, which still isn't enough.  This movie is just, inside and out, unoriginal and mundane.

2 Flubbers on the warpath out of 5

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