While Westerns used to be a popular movie genre, these days the “final frontier” of space has been big at the box office. Next year’s science fiction film Life hopes to join the ranks of recent space films that include the rebooted Star Trek franchise and the continuation of the Star Wars saga, as well as the Oscar-nominated Matt Damon flick The Martian, and the Oscar-winning Gravity, featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Life, much like the upcoming Amy Adams film Arrival, focuses on a first contact situation. At first it seems like a much more harmless meeting, however, as the crew of the International Space Station merely gets a sample from Mars of a single-celled organism. It’s a huge breakthrough for science, but it also creates a lot more dire conflict than whose name gets published first on the press release.
As the first U.S. trailer from Sony revealed, the characters played by stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, and Jake Gyllenhaal find themselves plunged into chaos when fellow astronaut (Ariyon Bakare) gets attacked by that surprisingly strong Martian organism. The new international trailer, which you can watch above, includes the terror and uncertainty of the crew but also plays up the subtle creepiness of Gyllenhaal’s responses to each situation.
The international trailer adds a little more character development at the start, giving us a real-time peek at the crew at work, with Ferguson’s detached efficiency and Reynolds’ cavalier confidence on display. It also holds off on the initial attack until a bit later, after it’s sufficiently built up the ominous feeling of dread that that the crew’s tranquility is about to be demolished.
Life also stars Hiroyuki Sanada and Olga Dihovichnaya. Reynolds is working once again with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The talent involved in making this film will hopefully help it surpass its collection of horror movie tropes; which includes the deadly alien, a possible traitor on board, and what looks like the infamous “black guy dies first.”
The trailer does reveal quality effects, an effective atmospheric filming style, and plenty of suspense. Considering the director and writers’ previous connection to Reynolds, it’s not surprising they capitalize on his charming humor and good-guy appeal. While Life may not win any Oscars, it could be an entertaining installment in the sci-fi/horror genre.
Life will hit U.S. theaters on May 27, 2017
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment