Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal Discover Life on Mars in New Trailer for "Life"

Monday, 31 October 2016 - 12:59PM
Monday, 31 October 2016 - 12:59PM
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It seems like you can't swing a dead physicist without hitting a new movie about space: we've already got Gravity, Interstellar, Moon, and The Martian, and now we've got Passengers, Arrival, and The God Particle on the way. It all makes sense—with Elon Musk laying out plans to go to Mars, Barack Obama making it a national goal to get to Mars, and European space agencies crashing landers into Mars, space movies are hotter than the melting point of tungsten right now (6192 Fahrenheit). And Sony just dropped the trailer for a new one, featuring the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hiroyuki Sanada—it's called Life. Check out the trailer:

So right off the bat, Life seems to be a mix of The Thing and The Andromeda Strain, not a 2-hour-long product placement for Quaker's eponymous healthy breakfast cereal. This is a positive thing. We've got Ariyon Bakare holding up a petri dish with a little spore-stalk apparently grown from cells found on Mars, but of course things go badly almost immediately. According to the official synopsis released by Sony:

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Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
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On the one hand, The God Particle is also a sci-fi thriller/horror movie about astronauts on the ISS, and "life" is just about the most generic title possible for a movie like this. On top of that, they didn't even use David Bowie's Life on Mars in the trailer, which is the missed opportunity of the decade. On the other hand, if Life makes the science interesting, the interpersonal drama tight (Ryan Reynolds, those little quips of yours better be top-notch), and the little spore-stalk creepy enough, we could have another solid sci-fi thriller. And there's always more room for one of those.

Life is set to release in US theaters on May 26th, 2017.
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