Life Movie Review
Critics aren't always right (gasp!) and such is the case with Life, a critically reviled sci-fi thriller that failed at the box office in part because critics declared, “Stay far, far away.” Hell, I missed the press screening and on recommendations from my peers, I stayed away until I happened to stumble across it while on a 10-hour plane flight.
The truth is: Lifeisn't bad. In fact, it's pretty entertaining.
Life (the movie) isn't groundbreaking, it does get a little dumb toward the end, and it probably could have gone in another, more interesting direction, but if you like movies about alien life forms killing people off one by one, Life is a perfectly decent thriller.
Boasting surprisingly good special effects, a solid cast headlined by Jake Gyllenhaal, and slow boil tension that had me on the edge of my plane seat for much of its running time, Life largely delivers on what it was designed to be: a suspense thriller in space.
I was told by other critics that the movie goes off the rails at the end and becomes laughably bad. Whatever they didn't like, I didn't see. It is obvious that the filmmakers didn't quite know how to end their story and ultimately chose a predictable, somewhat bland climax, but laughable? No.
Life is quietly exciting and marginally original for a while, and for that, it deserves more credit than it has received. The movie’s third act doesn't do it a lot of favors, but it is a perfectly sufficient way to wrap up what is an overlooked, good-enough thriller.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.