Life (2017 film)

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Life (2017)


"Fear life, not death: we were better off alone." A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.


  • Release Date: 2017
  • Country/Language: USA, English (with subtitled Vietnamese and Japanese)
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Horror
  • Setting: Cthulhu Icarus, near-future Mars and the International Space Station
  • Runtime: 1 hr 44 min
  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Daniel Espinosa
  • Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
  • Producer/Production Co: Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Skydance Media
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence and Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

At heart, this is basically an effective sci-fi/horror story about a Tentacle Monster from space ripping astronauts to pieces in zero gravity, but that would be the extent of any remotely "Lovecraftian" content.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Joey Keogh at (Wicked Horror) - "Sci-fi fans will find little new here, aside from glaringly obvious nods to Gravity (2013 film), Alien (1979 film), and 2001: A Space Odyssey), among others, which will either delight or infuriate depending on how much you can buy into the central conceit."
  • Review by Brett Gallman at (Oh The Horror!) - "...A perfectly serviceable exercise in claustrophobic, monster movie space horror... However, even all that big studio luster can barely hide the cheap thrills underpinning a film that is essentially about a tentacle monster ripping through human flesh for about 100 minutes...."
  • Review by Ed Sum at (28 Days Later Analysis) - (6/10) "In space, the sky's the limit and perhaps the greatest danger can be small as an ant to start."
  • achab, Mr_Lin, at (YSDC Forums) - "...An efficiently horrific movie, with its share of "Boo!" and "Yuck!" albeit suffering from the inevitable comparison with Alien....", "...The life in space scenes were well done. The alien stuff was risible...."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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A team of astronauts studying a sample of newly-discovered Martian life on a space station near Earth push their experiments too far, allowing the surprisingly robust Martian to escape from the lab and begin killing and eating the scientists one-by-one, leaving a wake of destruction in its path, and hitching a ride with the survivors back to Earth....


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