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|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 103 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
So yes! There's actually life on Mars. A group of scientists on the International Space Station ISS not only succeeded in detecting an organism, but also in bringing it to life. However, this quickly turns out to be a big mistake because the organism is growing rapidly and has only one goal: to eliminate the six people on the space station. When the merciless fight for survival leads to the space station threatening to fall to Earth, David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) and the other survivors have only one goal: to prevent the entire human race from being endangered…
"Life" actually uses almost only known elements. Much of what director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") serves up here has already been seen in other movies. "Alien" is only a well-known genre representative, which was used here quite obviously. In addition, the trailer already reveals a lot - almost too much - about the course of history. These are all points that should lead to a situation in which the viewer should only get yawning boredom. But Espinosa and his team have actually managed to serve up the familiar ingredients and numerous clichés in such a way that the end result has become a truly exciting and gripping space adventure.
The first minutes, in which you float with the protagonists in a dizzying way through the impressive and sometimes claustrophobic set of the space station, draw you directly into the action. When it comes to the first moment, when it becomes clear that the alien organism could become a real danger, Espinosa cleverly uses little shocking moments, which make the viewer quickly forget the high recognition value of the story. From then on, the tension screw is constantly turned further, whereby here and there small surprises are actually still used.
We don't want to reveal too much about the last third here. Only this much maybe: Even though there is a certain predictability here as well as for the rest of the movie, there is never anything like boredom at all. And the ending works really well. "Life" proves that the wheel doesn't have to be reinvented to provide good cinema entertainment. Good actors, a few great pictures, targeted moments of terror and tension and neat effects are enough to make the purchase of a cinema ticket absolutely worthwhile. And that's why the bottom line is clear: Absolutely worth seeing!
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