I’m in the midst of a love-hate relationship right now.
Yesterday I went off on how how the new sci-fi horror, Life, is massive Alien ripoff. And that was just from this short Super Bowl television spot. We now have the brand new trailer in full that just adds more fuel to that fire, while also doing something I’ve grown tired of in film; what we learn is that what’s at stake is the entire planet Earth. Yup, they found an alien life form on Mars that, according to this trailer, wiped out life on the Red Planet. Now, it’s up to Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the crew to kill it before it crash lands on Earth. Alien was much more subtle, feeling more like Ripley against the boogeyman, as opposed to Ripley must save the world from the boogeyman. These are the mistakes of our modern filmmakers that bleeds over from all of these superhero movies. What’s at stake is their lives, not the planet Earth. Yawn.
Yet, I love the footage, as well as the casting of Gyllenhaal and Reynolds. I’m just going to have to reserve judgment for March 24th.
Here’s the brand new trailer to go along with a ton of new images and the fresh one-sheet.
We were better off alone…
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