Now, this film came out of nowhere. 6 astronauts are onboard the International Space Station in the near future and are awaiting a pod which contains contents from the surface of Mars. It’s actually pretty good considering the trailer made it look like a remake of the original Alien. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds in 2017, it came out to good reviews all around.
As I said before this film came out of nowhere, and to be honest I really enjoyed it. It was a masterclass of horror would be like onboard a station that instant escape is impossible. 6 Astronauts are aboard the International Space Station, Dr David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) the ISS’s senior medical officer, Dr Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), the quarantine officer, Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds) the systems engineer, Sho Murakami (Hiroyuki Sanada) the Pilot of the ISS, Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) the onboard biologist and finally Katerina Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya) the commander of ISS. They are on a 9 month mission to extract the probe from the surface of Mars that has captured contents for scientific research. On the mission they successfully catch the probe thanks to Rory’s skilful execution and realise they have a first dormant proof of life from Mars. They bring it to life, only to realise its sentient and attacks the ship and crew looking to infect all around it.
This film was a masterful execution of how a biological alien threat can threaten the existence of the crew and what lengths they would go to stopping it from reaching Earth and infecting the human race. It’s a scary thought brought to realisation from David Espinosa who also directed Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Trapped in Space are the feeling that he wants you to feel, the claustrophobia of being along and the threat of something trying to hunt and kill you without the use of unreal science fiction. An ingenious way of creating a threat that logically could happen to out astronauts in space at anytime.
The fear factor is something that hasn’t really been done well in recent times with weak horror films such as Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring and Insidious have counted on the jump scares which work well in theatres gaining nonentity for it. In Life we have the build up scare, you know it’s coming and Daniel Espinosa has drafted a fantastic script into this build up of suspence not knowing when the scare is going to occur. Mix this up with the likes of Gyllenhaal and Ferguson and you have yourself a fantastic movie of astronauts stuck in space thanks to a feral alien.
Science can’t always help you, and for the astronauts, they find out first hand. It is a masterful execution on how to generate fear and build up without the jump scares with some fantastic acting in zero G thanks to Gyllenhaal, Ferguson, Reynolds.
Overall a film that will be overlooked in the years to come, but a welcome addition to the space horrors. Alien eat your eat out.
Should you watch it: YES