Life (2017) movie poster

director Daniel Espinosa
viewed: 03/25/2017 at CineArts @ the Empire Theater, SF, CA

Life is a big budget science fiction/horror thriller featuring a couple of pretty big stars, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. And it “looks” good. Director Daniel Espinosa is clearly interested in aesthetics. Maybe trying to heighten the film artistically rather than embracing genre and just going for it.

It’s also intensely derivative. And not too thrilling and certainly not scary. And the writing…oh the script…

I was teetering between “meh” and dislike until the pivotal dramatic scene toward the end…that relied on reading “Goodnight, Moon” and transposing it on the diegetic world. And then…you lost me.

My kids and I were all nonplussed, not that we had particular expectations.