Sci-Fi Life (2017)

Tom

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A movie directed by Daniel Espinosa
2017 - Color - Dolby SR - 2.35 : 1


The movie centers on the crew of a space station that discovers a lifeform on Mars. But the entity proves to be not only intelligent but also dangerous.

British release date: March 24, 2017
Us release date: March 24, 2017

Hostile Martians? On Mars? Say it isn't so...
It has decent enough production companies and Ryan Renolds is in it. It is likely to be a fairly well made film. Hopefully we will get to see some cool alien designs?
 

Imzadi

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Has anyone connected current USA politics with FULL DISCLOSURE? I see the possibility of it happening in a few months. It is the only way to make people get along better.
 

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Did this thread take a left-turn somewhere or am I just being caffeine deficient enough to not be following along? :cautious:
I sort of thought it went left when the OP had it as a Sci-Fi movie ;)
 

Tom

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At first watch I went into this film expecting to be awed with wonder and thrilled with excitement based on the reviews I had read beforehand.
Granted, My first impression was awe and thrill, till I started thinking about what I saw and the reasons the events happened as they were depicted.

Its just another case of lazy writing on a very interesting concept.
I am going to have spoilers so I will hide them from first view in spoiler tags.

Everything was going along fine until the biologist zapped the lifeform with his prod.
One thing about studying a never before encountered organism is to observe for a duration without interaction.
Granted, the timeline of the encounter is not really stated but it is implied to happen consecutively over a relatively short period.
The fact that they initiated an atmosphere and temperature change to try to illicit a response is off scientific protocol and these scientists are implied to be the top of their fields.
They forced incubation then they forced a reaction. They wouldn't do that. Lazy Writing.

Then when the seal was broken and Calvin escaped containment they broke their own firewall. Which would not be done, no matter what. Lazy Writing.

IMdb lists a slew of factual goofs in this film that supports this tendency for lazy writing.

But lets look at the creature design. Why is it that all alien life forms or creatures have tentacles now? Do writers think that tentacles are super-scary?
Calvin is said to be "All Muscle, All Eyes and All Brain". Yet they depict the formation of a head and a specific orientation as it "looked" thru windows and at the people it wanted to consume. During the lame scenes of Calvin moving thru the ship it depicts it moving in a specific direction with a forward facing view. If it was "All Eye" it would have no specific orientation.

The crew does some things that are just too stupid to be expected from a crew in a space station. Things that regular people might do but not things a disciplined crew would do.
Plus the ending twist was not a twist. I knew it was going to happen as soon as they explained their escape plan. Again, Lazy Writing.


While there were many problems with the writing and direction in this film the effects were cool to look at and I love any creatures. I'll watch it again but only to see if I missed something due to my preconceived expectations based on the reviews I had read. I do Loves me some Monsters!
 

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I just watched it and It definitely has a little - "Alien movie franchise" - feel to it. nevertheless I found it somehow entertaining.

Not the best movie but not the worst and to me it wasn't a waste of time watching it.

If you expect a big Sci-fi revaluation and hoping to see something Huge...well... don't. .lol... If you want to see a light sci-fi movie, to me it does the job.
 

Jethro

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Really?

What part of
The movie centers on the crew of a space station that discovers a lifeform on Mars.
is anything but science fiction?

As far as I understand the genre, aliens, whether hostile or not, are science fiction.
Monster movie dude, the SciFi trappings are just that, similar to Alien which is pretty much a gothic horror flick that could have been set on the Scottish moors, the Aussie outback, or backwoods U.S.A.

Agree Aliens is out and out SciFi, the Xenos aren't being used for scare tactics.
 

Tom

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I am sorry you feel a need to be selective with genres. You might be missing out on a whole lot of science fiction concepts and portrayals. Like The Andromeda Strain, Event Horizon and others that are about alien beings interacting with humans. I suppose that Paul is not science fiction because it is a comedy.
 

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It sounds good Tom.
Aliens from the 4th dimension would be a good film too...
 

Imzadi

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Sorry my post took this thread to REAL LIFE. I am a real abductee. I see sci-fi as REAL LIFE. I have never met any weird, bad aliens. Only GOOD aliens. If I knew how to start a thread about abductiona, I would. This is why so many people make good sci-fi movies. They are making movies based on their experiences and embellishing them to make them interesting. :cool::ufo::startrek: In politics, if ppl can't deal with humans who look "different", how can they be ready to meet space aliens?
 

Imzadi

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Sci-Fi is based on real life stuff. I find myself saying Klaatu's lines from "THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL". I didn't find out I was an abductee until I retired. Then "THEY" told me. I will try to stick to discussing sci-fi movies, because this message board was set up for fiction, not real life. Just thought you'd like to know there are real space aliens. See THE HISTORY CHANNEL. :wideeyed: :greetings:
 

Kevin

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Sci-Fi is based on real life stuff. I find myself saying Klaatu's lines from "THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL". I didn't find out I was an abductee until I retired. Then "THEY" told me. I will try to stick to discussing sci-fi movies, because this message board was set up for fiction, not real life. Just thought you'd like to know there are real space aliens. See THE HISTORY CHANNEL. :wideeyed: :greetings:
Your experience are welcome to be posted about & discussed, but maybe create a new thread about it so that others reading it know what the subject is from the start? We talk about everything around here, not just movies. ;)
 

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I finally saw this one recently, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. The alien's design was very original.



It was exciting and scary. The weightless effects were flawless. The characters were likable and worked together, something I always enjoying seeing in movies with tense situations and people in danger.
The alien evolved from a one-celled life form to a full-fledged monster in a very convincing way

I think it's a shame that the public and the critics didn't respond positively to this film, because the ending was a perfect setup for a slam-bang sequel about an Martian invasion that starts with a one-cell creature that we brought back from Mars, after which it grows into an horde of huge, intelligent, unstoppable monsters that battle every army of the world!

A Martian invasion . . . without spacecraft in which they arrive, without an invasion plan the Martians have for conquest, and without high-tech Martian weapons.

A new kind of invasion. Cool. 8)

Then again, the creature is so smart by the end of Life, we could actually see it begin to create weapons during the sequel, causing the movie go from a fighting-the-monsters story to a fighting-the-advanced aliens story!

I think that would be one hell of a good movie!
 
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