Imagination Connoisseur, S’wak Props, thinks Ridley Scott could have done much better when it came to making a sequel to his 1979 sci-fi/horror classic, ALIEN. Instead of Scott’s ALIEN COVENANT, S’wak recommends you check out Daniel Espinosa’s LIFE which includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds among others in the cast.
Looking for a good “Alien” movie? You should consider getting a LIFE.
In 2017, I was hoping to see a good Alien movie. But when I watched ALIEN COVENANT, I was so disappointed at the shoddy storytelling and characterization. I would have thought after PROMETHEUS, Ridley Scott would have learned his lesson and come up with a much better homage to his original 1979 classic.
Alas, I asked for too much.
Enter LIFE, from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of DEADPOOL fame.
It is set on the International Space Station (ISS) and tells of a group of scientists who discover a rapidly evolving and curious single-cell organism from the Martian atmosphere. The organism, christened “Calvin” by school kids, quickly grows (in size and intelligence) and turns hostile. It is up to the crew to do whatever it takes to prevent this creature from entering Earth.
It’s really hard not to think about Ridley Scott’s ALIEN whilst watching LIFE, due to the fact that both movies have a group of people working together in confined/claustrophobic spaces, trying to stay alive while fighting off a hostile alien organism. But while LIFE is never as scary nor inventive as ALIEN (the sets in LIFE are well lit compared to the constantly dim/dark lighting of the Nostromo), I thought it stood proudly by itself as a tense, thrilling and suspenseful entry in the genre.
A film is only as good as its cast, and this is where LIFE shines. The cast is fantastic; Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, and Hiroyuki Sanada (back in space again after SUNSHINE) are great to watch.
As usual, with an ensemble cast in a horror movie, it’s a guessing game as to which member of the crew is going to be picked off next by this terrifying and intelligent organism that has escaped the lab using brute force after being provoked. The screen time is shared out fairly between this fantastic cast, and this adds a sense of unpredictability as we are kept guessing which character is going to be next on Calvin’s hit list.
Life works for me because of its talented cast and the decent script they’re given to work from. The ending especially, while somewhat obvious, is very well executed and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll.
– S’wak Props
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