Life (2017) was directed by Daniel Espinosa. The film was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The cast includes: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya and Ariyon Bakare.
Life is about six astronauts in a space station after a trip to Mars to collect samples to prove that there is biological life living on Mars. As they interact with the alien specimen things go terribly wrong.
The film does an excellent job at portraying feeling of the claustrophobia and tension the crew is experiencing while they are trying to battle this unknown alien that can survive anything.
The death scenes are particularly good at taking your breath away, because the alien feeds off of the astronauts not only externally, but internally as well. But, the aliens killing spree is not the only thing that takes your breath away, but the feeling of being trapped in space, where there is no oxygen, is scary enough in itself.
The film did not add any emotional backstory to the characters any more than it should have, which I definitely liked. The film makes you sympathize enough with the claustrophobic feelings and the sense of no escape.
The alien in this film, in my opinion, looks fantastic. Not overly done, fake-looking CGI.
The ending, however, was extremely predictable. It does leave some things unsaid, and I am glad it did. Not knowing and using your imagination is almost better than getting all the answers.
That said, I hope they don’t make a sequel, the movie ended the way it should have.
I recommend this movie, if you haven’t already seen it.