Two things that don’t normally occur at Castle Blogferatu: reviewing new releases and trashing movies. Then I saw Life. You might say it was, uh, Life-changing.
I gotta be honest here. I had already decided Life was going to suck. I said as much a few weeks ago. Not a helpful attitude. Based on the trailer, I’d already predicted it was going to be a ham-fisted mashup of Alien and The Blob. I was right. Admittedly, however, it wasn’t quite as bad as I assumed it would be.
Not as bad as, say, Alec Gillis’s Harbinger Down, a rip-off so blatant (despite some truly cool practical effects), he could have called it The Thing On A Boat.
Writing about Life in The Guardian back in February, Ben Child noted that “Where JJ Abrams Super 8 and the TV series Stranger Things act as spine-tingling homages to their 70s and 80s influences, Espinosa’s movie (lens flare apart) seems to lack such gorgeously rendered nods to the past. To put it another way, on the basis of the trailer, it appears to have stolen the plot from its predecessor without quite nailing the tone.” Continue Reading