If you’re desperate for a remake of “Alien” but with a few changes and an all-new cast, then turn your attention to the new sci-fi horror flick, “Life.”
The International Space Station has just received a probe from Mars that contains a sample that may be proof of extraterrestrial life. It’s a large space station with a small crew — David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), Sho Kendo (Hiroyuki Sanada), Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) and Katerina Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya).
I had trouble staying awake for the first 10 minutes or more (thank God my CPAP machine has arrived), but once their discovery decides it’s had enough of being probed and prodded, the movie came to life.
What started out as a small red blob quickly evolves into a squid-like monster. The alien quickly escapes quarantine and soon has the run of the ship.
The creature kills one crew member and maims another on its way to free access of the station, so the remainder of the crew are not looking to make friends.
Now the crew faces a difficult task — find and kill the alien before it kills them and finds a way to Earth. If you’re familiar with sci-fi horror movies, you know this has about a 50/50 chance of ending well.
“Life” is well made and well acted; the special effects are fine and the alien is suitably creepy. But we’ve seen it all before. This movie is roughly 90 percent “Alien” and 10 percent other science-fiction horror movies. Once it gets moving it’s pretty gripping and I did like the ending. A lot of these kinds of movies fall apart at the end but this one does a good job.
I don’t usually talk about the score, but the music by Jon Ekstrand is loud and beat-you-over-the head overbearing. If you didn’t know this was a horror movie going in, you would quickly grasp it by the pounding, dread-inducing soundtrack.