David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Columbia Pictures' LIFE.

Life – Movie Review

From the writer’s of Deadpool and Zombieland comes a new movie set in space. Life follows an international space crew after they discover a living organism from Mars. So, is it any good?I thought this film looked like an Alien rip-off from the trailer and guess what? It was an Alien rip-off. It was like Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, but a terrible, very formulaic version with no emotion felt whatsoever from the characters… and the alien wasn’t as cool.

Once the tiny organism arrives on board it quickly becomes clear that it does not come in peace. The crew are trapped on an international space station with a life-sucking alien; there are many vents for this thing to escape into and there is still an hour and a half to go! They can’t just leave it there and jump ship, of course, they need to make sure it never gets down to earth. Needless to say, death ensues.While there were some nice introductions and comradery portrayed between the crew, I never really felt any connection to them. When people died I didn’t care. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, I trusted you! I thought that these guys would be able to bring this movie to life, pardon the pun, but even they couldn’t make this story better.

Although overall it was disappointing, there were still a couple of good suspenseful moments scattered throughout the film. There just weren’t enough to make me want to recommend this to anyone. I fricken love space travel and everything extraterrestrial, but when it’s not a new story what’s the point? Life is certainly no Gravity or The Martian, and it’s definitely no Alien.

LIFE is in Australian cinemas from today.