'Life' Red Band Trailer Shows a Violent Alien Loose on the ISS

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 10:04PM
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 10:04PM
'Life' Red Band Trailer Shows a Violent Alien Loose on the ISS
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"What have we done?" is the refrain from Rebecca Ferguson's character in the latest Life trailer, alongside stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. While not everything's been revealed in this red band trailer, "what they've done" is clear: they've captured an alien organism from Mars, only to let it escape onto the International Space Station when it starts fighting back.

There's quite a few scenes taken from the previous trailers we've seen, including that repeated footage of that poor scientist having his hand crushed by the alien, which is shown in some more vulgar detail here:

While there's certainly some comparisons to be made with Alien: Covenant, which is releasing similar trailers around the same time, the movie's going for a more realistic take on the "killer alien" concept, setting the killer alien just in Earth's orbit instead of further out in space. And while xenomorphs have a detailed and now-iconic design, this new creature seems a bit blobby, like a starfish. That doesn't mean it can't have its own personality, but it might need to grow a little during the film if it wants to be scary.

Fortunately, that sounds like it'll happen. Also out today are some featurettes promoting Life, the first of which drops an interesting reveal that "the entity is capable of taking any form." While nothing in the trailer suggested the creature could shape-shift, if that's true then we may see something similar to John Carpenter's The Thing, but in a space station instead of an Antarctic research station. The fact that we can so easily draw comparisons to other sci-fi films is a problem, but Life could do much worse than Alien or The Thing for inspiration.

The other featurette contains interviews with the stars, Reynolds, Gyllenhaal, and Ferguson. It also involves someone shouting that the alien has gotten a good deal larger than the tiny slime monster we saw in the trailers. As if it weren't obvious the the movie's monster would be a little taller by the end of the film.

Life comes out March 24, 2017.
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