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Life (2017) Blu-ray Review


“Life” is as generic as its title.

The Plot: After the 6 crew member manned International Space Station brings in a probe containing a Mars soil sample, they have to reason believe there may be evidence of an alien life form. It turns out they do. They even go as far as to name the being Calvin. Alas, they quickly discover Calvin is not a friendly alien as he begins to terrorize the crew. Will anyone make it out alive or will the destructive alien be too much for the unprepared crew?

If “Life” sounds like an “Alien” wannabe that’s because it is. It’s another claustrophobic, atmospheric sci-fi horror thriller set in space. The difference is “Alien” is a masterpiece while “Life” is decidedly not. While the movie holds your attention and delivers an intriguing twist ending that could set up a potential sequel (probably not), the majority of the runtime is comprised of stupid character actions, death, a cautionary “first contact” story, and a severe lack of characterization. Had the 6 characters been well developed, this would have been a different movie. Instead, it’s merely passable Hollywood entertainment. Still, at least it’s a better “Alien” movie than “Alien: Covenant.”

Cast wise, the movie boasts some major talent including Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Hiroyuki Sanada. Unfortunately, no one really has much to do here. Jake Gyllenhaal probably makes the biggest impression here as he continues to show off his acting range, but it’s not one of his finest performances by any means.


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? A crystal clear transfer.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue and music sound pitch perfect.

Extras: * Sony trailers. * Digital copy. * 6 deleted scenes. * “Life: In Zero G”- A featurette about how they achieved the illusion that the characters are existing in zero gravity. * “Creating Life: The Art And Reality Of Calvin”- Another featurette. This one covers the vicious biological alien Calvin. * “Claustrophobic Terror: Creating A Thriller In Space”- This extra contains cast and crew interviews, set footage, film clips, discussions about the film, and more. * “Astronaut Diaries”- A 3 minute collection of character diaries.

June 15, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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