Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien has been the inspiration behind hundreds of sci-fi horror films. In fact, it was just as much of an influence as Star Wars was on the genre. There’s no shame in filmmakers harking back to Alien or Aliens as they shaped the perfect model – but sometimes it just rubs me the wrong way.
Sony Pictures just released the Super Bowl “Big Game Spot” for their upcoming sci-fi thriller, Life, which follows a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
In watching the following trailer, I’m maddened by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds’ involvement. I can just see them being pitched the project and then exclaiming, “I love that Alien movie!” They’d be right because this trailer IS in fact Alien, which is even stranger being that Ridley Scott has his own Alien sequel in theaters this summer. The score over the footage in the trailer is reminiscent of Alien, the flamethrower taken from Aliens, the costume design from both, and the tease of a massive creature (see below) aboard the ship is, well, you get the point. I’m all for inspiration and imitation, but this looks like a big, fat Alien ripoff to me. I guess we’ll find out just how much was lifted from Scott’s film when Life hits theaters March 24th.
No matter, Life looks fucking awesome, and we should be excited that a studio got behind a creature feature in space with such excellent, high-caliber talent.