The new sci-fi action film “Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland” and “Deadpool”), puts that fight for survival on the International Space Station and, unlike most others in the genre, takes care to give it a real-life edge.
“What got me so scared,” says Espinosa about the script, “was that it could actually happen tomorrow. There is a possibility that we could find life on Mars, and if we did find some evidence, we would send it to the International Space Station.”
NASA, by the way, has a mission in 2020 that would lead to getting Mars samples, and China may even be digging up the moon next year.
“Life” stars Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson as three of the six astronauts on the station where a Mars sample containing an inert single-celled organism is being studied. Once the crew’s lead scientist (British actor Ariyon Bakare) manages to stimulate it, the cell starts to multiply. News is sent to Earth that extraterrestrial life has been discovered, and in a contest an elementary school class names it Calvin.
(YouTube Video – Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.)
(Image: In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Ryan Reynolds, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal appear in a scene from, “Life.” (Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP) )
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