LIFE (2017) – My rating: 8/10

An intense look at what can happen when meddlesome humans explore other worlds when their own world is far from perfected. I don’t mean to say we shouldn’t go where no man has gone before, I’m just saying beware of the consequences.  “Life” is an example of what can happen when you don’t know what you don’t know, when you don’t know!

A  six-member crew returning from Mars with a soil sample is tasked with studying the sample, which could prove to be the first evidence of extraterrestrial life. After extracting a single cell from the sample, British biologist Hugh Derry, an expert in exobiology is able to revive the dormant organism with atmospheric adjustments and glucose. It quickly grows into a multi-celled organism and reacts to stimuli. The crew discovers that each cell in the organism is a myocyte, neuron and photo-receptor, all at the same time. The Quarantine Officer Dr. Miranda North remarks that the organism is “…all muscle, all brain and all eye.” That should have been their first clue to abandon their research or leave it back on Mars but instead Dr. Derry tried to develop a relationship with Calvin (as it was named backed on Earth).  When Calvin appeared dormant, the doctor reached in the incubator where Calvin resided and gave it a mild stimuli which revived it but not before Calvin grabbed the doctor’s hand and crushed it.

From this point, “game on” — the crew started fighting for their lives.  Calvin grew bigger and smarter.  Life is a Science Fiction/Horror film with lots of intense scenes.

The six member International crew consist of:
Dr. David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), an American Senior Medical Officer

Dr. Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), a British Quarantine Officer

Rory “Roy” Adams (Ryan Reynolds), an American Pilot of the International Space Station

Sho Murakami (Hiroyuki Sanada), a Japanese System Engineer

Dr. Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare), a British Biologist

Katerina Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya), a Russian, Commander of the International Space Station Crew

Life is a well acted, well written movie with a huge twist for it’s ending.  Personally, I thought Life was very good — my jury is still out on the ending.  You’ll have to decide for yourself.  I’m leaning toward the downside of the hill.


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