Not since Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien has a space movie been so nightmarishly scary – but prepare to experience that feeling once again.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have discovered what could potentially be the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As they conduct their investigation, the life-form suddenly begins to become far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could’ve imagined.

Life holds a lot in common with Alien, making it just as tense and gripping. Whilst it holds similarities in its tone and setting, director Daniel Espinosa brilliantly establishes Life in it’s own right with his great use of both sound and CGI.

The tension builds relentlessly, never giving you that moment to sit back, relax, and let out a breath of relief. There’s constant danger and tension in every scene, producing some of the most uncomfortable moments on screen that I’ve ever seen.

The performances are tremendous. The ensemble cast of Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ariyon Bakare all gel, with each character is developed nicely, offering some touching moments amongst the relentless tension.

With the new Alien movie out in a few weeks, Life could potentially steal some of its thunder.

Jamie is a die-hard film fanatic. A weekly, sometimes daily, cinema go-er and owner of almost 2000 films on DVD, he once spent a 14 day holiday everyday in the cinema. And it was the best holiday ever.

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