Life | Chicago Reader


Rated R 103 minutes 2017

The crew of the International Space Station receive a space probe carrying a cellular life form it collected from the surface of Mars; the organism grows into a sort of clear jellyfish that they nickname Calvin, but before long Calvin has broken out of quarantine and started eating them. This sci-fi shocker sticks closely to the Alien playbook, down to the intimately acquainted, flatly characterized crew and the scenes of chaos, panic, and overlapping dialogue as one after another of them is captured by the flesh-eating wad of superglue. The entire story takes place in zero gravity, so when one of the astronauts is killed, globules of his own blood float around him; the players (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, and Hiroyuki Sanada) spent so much time in harnesses they must have been ready to puke. But I'm glad they didn't. Daniel Espinosa directed.

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Director: Daniel Espinosa

Producer: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Don Granger and Vicki Dee Rock

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya, Alexandre Nguyen and Camiel Warren-Taylor

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