I didn’t have very high expectations going into the screening for Life. I would even say that keeping your expectations low makes for a better movie experience.
Life itself wasn’t that bad, but of course it did have many flaws. For starters the beginning was a bit boring and slow. It almost felt like the director was going for an artsy feel in the beginning of the film. Let’s just say they failed. All we saw was some astronauts floating around in zero-g doing almost nothing for the first 30 minutes. Life finally starts to pick up speed when the lifeform starts to grow and adapt to its new environment on the International Space Station. By that point we start to see some decent death scenes and reasonably good action. That’s really the only good thing Life has going for it, and it’s downhill from there.
The biggest thing that bothered me was how Life made a pretty big mistake on the timing. Jake Gyllenhaal’s chacater says that he remembered being taken out of class when the Challenger blew up. The Challenger tragedy happened in 1986, but the film took place in 2033. Jake Gyllenhaal is only 36, so that means that his character would be close to 60. That just does not make any sense. That’s a very big mistake and mistakes like that just bugs me. Mistakes are one thing, but Life was also very predictable.
With the mistakes in mind and the predictability I would say that this would be a good movie to watch on a long flight or when it hits a movie channel like HBO. Overall, I give this film 2.5 killing aliens out of 5.