Life – ★★★★★
A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that at first, appears innocent. Until they realise it caused extinction on Mars…
If Ridley Scott’s Alien hadn’t of existed, Life would be considered ground breaking. But that isn’t the case. Alien is a classic, and Life re-hashses the same idea of terror – stuck in a confined area in space, with a terrifying creature. Alien did it slowly, Life does it fast.
Within the first 10 minutes we are introduced to ‘Calvin’, the lifeform from Mars the size of a peanut. And within 25 minutes, he’s killed Ryan Reynolds and is on a non stop spree of death and destruction. Lights flicker, buttons are pressed, space suits are thrown on, hands are crushed, a woman is drowned, screams are screamed and tears are shed.
The Alien comparisons are overshadowed by the pure horror of the creature aboard the space station – it is intelligent, it strangles, it’s silent and it’s deadly. It isn’t claws, it isn’t acidic saliva, it isn’t teeth. It’s something else that is so unknown and so threatening that you are just willing for the characters to pull through, get their shit together and SORT THIS OUT.
During one scene, Calvin forces his way into one Ryan Reynold’s mouth. Despite his desperate attempt to stop it, Calvin succeeds. The camera focus’ on the moment, never turning away. It was a disturbing scene, a struggle to watch, and it stressed me the f*ck out. Then it just gets progressively harder to handle.
Life is one of the most terrifying films I’ve seen, and I urge you to see it at your soonest availability.
By Matt Skings