Sleek but haven’t we seen this be­fore?

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As the ten­sion builds, there are some real edge-ofy­our seat mo­ments, as well as glo­ri­ously grue­some ef­fects.

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Life (R13) Di­rected by Daniel Espinosa Star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal, Re­becca Fer­gu­son, Ryan Reynolds 104 mins grue­some ef­fects (the float­ing blood bub­bles are cer­tainly a nice touch). The daz­zling open­ing se­quence that zips us through the space sta­tion is also vis­ually stun­ning in a Grav­ity- es­que sort of way, and Espinosa clev­erly amps up the claus­tro­pho­bic feel of the space sta­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, he doesn’t re­ally bring any­thing new to the ta­ble. The plot ‘‘bor­rows’’ heav­ily from Alien and most of the char­ac­ters are thinly sketched. Jake Gyl­len­haal’s David Jor­dan, a haunted ex-mil­i­tary doc­tor who doesn’t care much for Earth and its in­hab­i­tants any more, is the only char­ac­ter given any real back­story.

And late at­tempts to de­velop the re­main­ing char­ac­ters are ill­timed and do lit­tle more than slow down the ac­tion, when it should re­ally be ramp­ing up.

All up, it’s a sleek and stylish space flick, but noth­ing you haven’t seen done be­fore – and done bet­ter. – Christina Kuntz

Jake Gyl­len­haal’s David Jor­dan is the only char­ac­ter given any real back­story in Life.

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