Monday, 3 April 2017

Movie review: Life (2017)

[Post published by Liviu, on Liviu's [Personal] Blog]

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Life (2017)


Told you in the Rings review I'm starting to like horror movies :)

A combination of:
  • Gravity (2013) [IMDB] - the overall feeling of zero gravity, characters' very professional (i.e. like real astronauts :D) behavior, scenery
  • Alien franchise/series [en.wikipedia] - the bad & smart alien hunting down all humans
  • Interstellar (2014) [IMDB] - just a little bit, can't quite put my finger on which parts it influences...

The alien life form depiction is very interesting for about 70% of the movie: a single cell, all brain and muscle, which develops into a very smart and flexible entity - basically a distributed system (computer science), but organic :)
However, they screw up afterward by growing it an "ugly face" resembling the Alien franchise...

What would have I done differently regarding the script?

Since this alien life form is an organic distributed system :), then it is scalable on 2 levels:
  • cell level - they've done that already in the movie (it is smart, flexible, learns to use tools etc.), but they screwed up by growing it a face! => They should have kept it without a face, that's sure!
  • entity level - it should have divided into multiple similar entities, cooperating with each other in order to achieve whatever goals the scriptwriter would have imagined (e.g. most likely the ultimate goal of reaching Earth)

Given the great number of interconnected neurons the alien life form possesses, it should have proven even smarter than depicted.


Worth watching.
Who knows? You might even enjoy horror movies after this one! :)

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