The marketing material for "Life" made it look like an interesting sci-fi-fi thriller akin to "Alien". Ultimately, I think it was a bit too close, and despite its technical strengths, this film was burdened by shortcomings in the story department.
The film is really formulaic. It follows pretty much every beat in the story, and you can see them coming a mile away. Still, it manages to be enjoyable and suspenseful due to the way in which the story was presented. The character development is mediocre. There is one character that is extremely well-developed, but the rest of the characters are only developed enough so that the audience will care enough to keep watching to see if they will die.
The film is undoubtedly well-made, though, and that is what makes this film of note. The cinematography and visual effects are really good, especially for Calvin (until the very end of the film, when it gets weird). The actors all do well in their roles too.
Overall, I think that "Life" was an enjoyable and well-executed film, but it just isn't particularly original. It will probably get lost in the shuffle with more major players in the genre.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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