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‘Life’ Looks Like a Big, Fat ‘Alien’ Ripoff (Super Bowl Spot)

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.






  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    I’m not completely sold on the film yet. Though I can’t put my finger on what bugs me about it. Still, I’m always down for a creature feature in space. I’m also glad they’ve had the good sense not to show off the monster yet.

  • Golic

    I’m more excited for this than that Alien: Covenant BS.

  • H3llSw0rn

    Looks good. Alien ripoff or not. Looking forward to checking it out.

  • J Jett

    if this is a creature feature and not a drama thriller (people themselves creating drama/deaths due to their infighting, etc.) then i’m definitely up for it. this tv spot is the first sign (that i’m aware of) that the threat in this movie is an actual monster/creature.

  • Colonel Ives

    I appreciate and agree with your optimism. I thought the same thing but I do love me some jake gyllenhaal. and anything “deep space”

  • Abandoned_Being

    Not a whole lot going on in the this trailer to convince me if I want to see this movie or not.

  • Andrew Flynn

    Dont care if it was titled “Alienz” and was directed by “Sidley Rcott” I am still looking forward to this movie.

  • dsxy

    Like alien didn’t rip off a load of other work. Can’t recall the last time something original came out

    • Dave

      Alien worked because of the amazing creature design and thought put behind the xenomorphs life-cycle.

    • gabriel

      In this genre, Pandorum was a breath of fresh original alien air, but besides that, yeah I agree.

  • zombie84_41

    wrong its goin to end being a prequel to cloverfield then we’ll get god particle later

    • Daniel Baldwin

      Kinda hard for that to happen when Cloverfield is a Paramount franchise and this is a Sony film.

      • zombie84_41

        I know LOL. I was being sarcastic.

  • CrackTheSkye1990

    That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the preview before Split. I thought it was another trailer for Alien: Covenant.

  • Mamet006

    If Jake G. is in it there has to be more to it than being an Alien rip-off.

    • Creepshow

      Jake jumps at paychecks, just like the next guy.

    • turk

      He’s made a lot of really good movies. But he also starred in “Prince of Persia”.

      • Mamet006

        Well that’s a movie he signed on for nine years ago. Times have changed.

  • DJV1985

    The problem is, because of how beloved Alien/s is any time you make a space set horror there will no doubt be comparisons and or straight out claims that it is Alien/s. Personally I liked the second Aliens film over the first, not sure why but I do but I can see where people would say this is a rip off but again Alien is kind of like the scifi horror version of the Exorcist, by which I mean the bar starts with that film and people will always compare Possession films against The Exorcist and it’s the same with Alien/s – Any time we have a strange monster on a…(insert space ship or planet here) it will be called an Alien rip off.

    (I’ll wait until the full trailer though to decide if this is a proper rip off or just another edge of the cliff, inspired by sort of deal)

    • Dave

      I think the similarities between Alien and Life are a bit more convincing than Alien and The Exorcist….

      • DJV1985

        Yh that’s true I was just trying to point out that when you have a film considered the Pinnacle of it’s genre any film that comes out that’s in the same ball park you get comparisons But I’ll wait until the full trailer to decide whether it looks more of a rip off.

  • Brian McNatt

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve watched a LOT of those C-grade Alien rip-offs that came out through the 80s and 90s, and they are almost all trash. Not even “so bad it’s good” trash, either. I’m talking Inseminoid, Forbidden World, Creature, Dark Universe. So, a high-quality Alien rip-off at least sounds like a nice change of pace.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      You ever see Roger Corman’s Carnosaur 2? They literally took the Aliens script, crossed out every instance of the word “alien,” and replaced it with “velicoraptor.”

    • Joris Westerdaal

      Alien 2-Sulla Terra was a nice sleazy little movie. I also remember
      Gallaxy of Terror to be a campy, yet fun, Alien cash-inn movie. But
      you’re right; almost all of them were unwatchable. Star Wars rip-offs
      were mostly more enjoyable in a “so bad it’s good” kinda way (Star

      • Brian McNatt

        We could probably get a pretty decent movie out of Galaxy of terror if they remade it with a respectable budget and more of an emphasis on the psychological aspects than the gore and sleaziness.

    • Satanzilla

      Let’s not forget Alien itself could be said to have been inspired by “It: the Terror from Beyond Space.”

  • Vic

    What’s the issue, it looks good? The flamethrower looks nothing like the one in aliens, this one looks jury rigged, unless of course ridley scott invented flame throwers for aliens? And the costumes look like actual astronaut suits, again unless scott invented those too? FFS everything can be traced back to something stop fucking moaning, Aliens isn’t the be all and end all of man vs space monster. There are hundreds of books and short stories written before alien was made.

    • Dave

      Come onnn dude. This movie is literally an Alien remake.

      • James

        How so?

      • Ryan

        You got all of that from a 30 second TV Spot?

      • Satanzilla

        Actually sounds quite different. Just because they’re trapped on a ship with an alien predator doesn’t mean it’s alien all over.

        In this case the creature is rapidly evolving so it’s not just going through 2-3 transitions but will evolve based on its prey, one assumes.

  • Simon Allen

    Another remarkably biased and seemingly unprovoked schoolboy-like attack Brad ….wouldn’t pay for banners on this site would they ?

    • Satanzilla

      But weirdly Simon he completely changes his tune halfway through the article and then says it looks fucking awesome! I think “Split” really got to Brad….

      • Simon Allen

        LOL !

  • Ronald Johnson

    True, True… But Deadpool is in it, with fire. So we will go watch it.

    • gabriel

      I hope that I dont fall asleep in this like I did with Deadpool.

      • Ronald Johnson

        You’re supposed to put the roofies in the girls drink, not your own. Party fail!

  • sliceanddice

    egg on face if this turns out better than covenant.

  • sliceanddice

    “I’m maddened by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds’ involvement.”

    “we should be excited that a studio got behind a creature feature in space with such excellent, high-caliber talent.”

    i think you’re mental.

  • nrkist

    I think the comparison is off. This is The Thing in a different isolation scenario: Space rather than the Arctic. It’s only tilts towards Alien a little in the setting and backstory.

    It’s definitely a mish-mash of incredible concepts that have come before, but I’m pretty sure the cast can pull it off. It seems to take place in a very tight couple of sets, so it should look good as well and we will get all the performances and interactions between the actors in every shot.

    I personally think it looks fantastic despite it is cribbing alot from some giants in the genre.

    Hiroyuki Sanada even seems to be reprising his Captain Kaneda character from Sunshine. I’m pretty sure this film and the people involved are very aware of what they are doing.

    Edit: It will be a real mind-bender if this is a black-comedy parody of a bunch of horror/sci-fi films. I’m not even suggesting that as a joke. I’d double down that this film will be incredible then.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Why does every horror movie have to follow the same trailer formula? Ughhhh.

  • Howie

    i thot this WAS a freaking ALIEN prequel sequel whateverquel. How confusing. Hollywood is a failure. Same stories over and over and over. UGH.

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