by Padraic Maroney

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday June 26, 2017


Outside of family movies, has there ever been an alien lifeform that has come in peace?

The new film "Life" finds an astronaut team on the International Space Station studying a new life form. At first, they are heroes celebrating their discovery, but things turn bad quickly. It's bad not just for the scientists; it's bad for viewers. The film has a few suspenseful moments, but they are few and far between. Even worse, the film makes no sense. Plot points occur just to elicit a reaction from the audience, including the baffling ending. It's good that "Life" is now available on home entertainment because more than once, you'll want to rewind to make sure you didn't miss something.

On the Blu-ray and digital combo pack, it seems telling that there is no audio commentary. This feature seems to be the most commonly included, but both the actors and filmmakers must have realized how difficult it would have been to discuss the film with a straight face.

A handful of deleted scenes are included, but they are a random collection. One is less than a minute, consisting of star Ryan Reynolds staring at his stamp collection.

In theory, the series of astronaut diaries was probably a good idea. In less than three minutes these provide more character development than the entire film. It's weird, though, because these provide information to introduce the main characters, but most viewers will watch these after having already watched the film.

Where the special features shine is a pair of featurettes: "Life: in Zero G" and "The Art and Reality of Calvin." "Zero G" offers insight into how the filmmakers simulated a feeling of the characters floating through the space station and the obstacles the actors faced. The other featurette shows how they went about making the Calvin, the monster in the film. Honestly, it seems like they took more care in crafting the special effects for him than the rest of the movie.

"Life" is an idiotic alien movie that makes less sense the more you think about it. The featurettes are solid choices for cinephiles, but everyone else should steer clear of this package.


Blu-ray and Digital Combo Package



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