Flash Movie Review: Life

YEARS of reading and watching science fiction books and movies may be the reason why I believe there could be other life forms in the universe. Even if I was not a fan of the fantasy/science fiction genre, I was always open to the possibility we humans were not alone. I could never be convinced that out of the entire universe the planet Earth was the only place that could sustain life. One of the arguments I have heard is our planet is the only one that can sustain oxygen breathing beings; but I would counter that proposal by questioning the logic of oxygen being the only element that can support life. What if an alien species’ anatomy only needed carbon monoxide to exist? Unless they come to us I understand there is no way to prove this thought, since I do not know if we will ever evolve to a point where we will have the ability to deconstruct and rematerialize on another world via a transporting device or be able to travel in a spaceship at warp speed.     DURING my studies in college I had a literature course that covered several genres of fiction, including science fiction. For my midterm project I used several rolls of infrared film along with close-up camera lenses to create a photo album that I claimed was proof of foreign existence. The things I photographed represented places we had read about in our required reading list. Our instructor had us put our projects on display around the lecture hall and each of us had to explain what we had done. After we each gave our talks, the students were allowed to walk around and study each item before voting on their favorite in a secret ballot. It turned out not only did I get an “A” on my midterm project but my alien photo album was voted the favorite. From some of the comments I received the majority of my classmates loved how I had shown both friendly and non-friendly aliens. Hopefully I am only right about the good aliens.     WORKING in precise maneuvers six astronauts must retrieve a satellite returning from Mars that might contain proof there may be life existing on another planet. This science fiction thriller had some intense, exciting scenes right from the start. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals, Prisoners) as David Johnson, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Proposal) as Rory Adams, Hiroyuki Sanada (47 Ronin, The Wolverine) as Sho Murakami and Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train, Florence Foster Jenkins) as Miranda North; this horror film had some icky scenes that were hard to watch, involving blood and violence. I thought the sets and special effects were cool, while the actors did their job well. The idea of the story was fine; however, I felt the writers needed to take a different angle because as I sat watching this film I kept thinking about the movie Alien. I did not find much different in this movie though I did enjoy the surprise twists. What I did enjoy, maybe enjoy is not the right word, was the way the writers depicted life and that is all I can say about it. If you do not believe there may be extraterrestrial life, you may not be anxious to see this film. Based on my belief system, maybe you should see it.

 

2 1/3 stars    

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 28, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Some people will like “Life,” and others won’t. C’est la vie…

  2. I would love a film like this! And I’d give you an A+ on your project. Do you still have the photographs from it?

  3. Hi! Thought I’d get back to you on two movies I’ve seen recently, “Beauty and the Beast”, which I liked, but thought some of the scenes with just singing were too long, and the beast didn’t look at all scary to me. The other one, “King” I just saw this afternoon. I never planned on seeing it, but was swept along on a family outing. I must admit Tom Hiddleston is great to look at, and I always enjoy John Goodman and Samuel Jackson. It was better than I expected, although some of the monster fighting was too long, imo. I’m seeing Zlogan with the boys this week also.

  4. Sorry, not king, “Kong, Skull Island”

  5. Typos abound, guess it’s time for bed!😳

  6. Nothing new to see here. Move along. Silly humans poking the bear and wonder why it bites them. And who among us would’ve guessed that ending. What a shock, eh? 🙂

  7. An Alien remake? That’s what it looked like in the trailers I’ve seen so far, so I’d probably be inclined to feel the same way. Thanks!

  8. I love movies about aliens, but I get tired of them being depicted as monsters, then it becomes a horror movie.

  9. Wonderful life in astronomical stage.

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