.

Life (MA15+)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal

Forget this little gem if you’re looking for science fiction – it’s straight-out horror.
It’s hard to know where to start with “Life”, a movie with B Grade monster sensibilities, an A Grade cast … and an A-plus monster.
That said, it does achieve a remarkable monster indeed. If humans are most scared of spiders and snakes, then this creature feature does an enviable task of combining both horrors into the sum of many, many nightmares.
Oh … and did I mention it’s smart as a whip, as well?
Grown in a lab on the International Space Station from a scrap of Martian soil, the early warning comes when one of the crew notes that all cells are identical – so it’s “all muscle, all eyes and all brain”.
Yep, you just know that’s going to go well.
Inevitably, the not-so-friendly Martian gets out of the lab and what ensues is an Alien re-make with a twist. Make that many, many horrible twists. Much fun, good times and larrikin hijinks do not ensue.
Last word to my son, a challenging 15 years of age, who penned this remarkable – and accurate – review:
“That was hands down the most depressing, catastrophic and intimidating movie I have ever seen. It s**** on your emotions and just when you think maybe you will get over it, it pushes you off a cliff … onto rocks … to die a slow, painful death … not even kidding.”
That’s my boy.
– Jason Beck

More News

The flag fell to half-mast against a sky of heavy grey cloud at 6am, before the strains of a lone ...

Cardinia Shire Council is once again in hot water with residents after a blunder saw ratepayers incorrectly slogged with fines ...

Concerned parents have demanded Cardinia Shire Council halt its tender process for the management of early years’ education until community ...

Sue Johns is well-known around Pakenham for spreading community spirit wherever she goes and her latest good deed is no ...

Christmas came early this year for Prep children at Berwick Primary School, thanks to Tennis Australia’s ANZ Tennis Hot ...

Pakenham Library Hall will be brought to life with colourful costumes and bright lights for the Love Pakenham Conference 2017 this ...

Latest Sport

It’s hard to imagine victory ever tasting sweeter than it did for the Vic Country girls at the Under-18 ...

The scenes at Gembrook last time the hometown Brookers faced off against neighbouring rival Emerald were, simply, unprecedented. Just days ...

...