Sleek but haven’t we seen this before?
As the tension builds, there are some real edge-ofyour seat moments, as well as gloriously gruesome effects.
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.