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The Full Trailer for ‘Life’ is Full Blown ‘Alien’

Source: Sony Pictures

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…

Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds) in Columbia Pictures' LIFE.

Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds) in Columbia Pictures’ LIFE.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) in Columbia Pictures' LIFE.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) in Columbia Pictures’ LIFE.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) in Columbia Pictures' LIFE.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson) in Columbia Pictures’ LIFE.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Columbia Pictures' LIFE.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Columbia Pictures’ LIFE.








  • Jason Scarpelli

    Looks nothing like Alien.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      looks totally like Alien

      • Jason Scarpelli

        You need to re-watch Alien. Two totally different films

  • Golic

    Will be better than Alien: Covenant.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      is that a question? because teh answer is no

      • Golic

        Not a question, a statement. Fuck Covenant and any other future Alien film related to Prometheus. The Alien series has been dragged through so much BS, I’m all but completely done with it.

  • Cody

    I’m looking forward to it. The trailer did a good job of not revealing a terrible amount of footage as far violence (which Alien Covenant did). The plot isn’t that fresh but hey, it looks like a fun sci-if horror with two great actors in it and it looks well-filmed, so i’m sold.

  • J Jett

    it’s great to see Hiroyuki Sanada (Kaneda from the movie SUNSHINE) in this. hopefully he’ll survive! this movie looks ok. i think what could/will make or break it is how the creature design/FX are. if the creature looks like some SyFy Channel reject type of gig then it will ruin the flick. if they actually took the time to create something unique and/or effective/scary/etc. (much like the Xeno was in ALIEN…thanx to Geiger) then this could be a really good flick (hopefully).

  • Judge Satchmo

    In a world that releases super hero reboots a year apart, that literally tell the exact same origin story, I’ll take(what appears to be) a well scripted, competently acted, obviously well financed version of a film that shares its bones with a 38 year old masterpiece. A masterpiece that itself was initially considered derivative, until it developed the very unique manner in which the creature gets on board the ship (no spoilers here) I love Alien, love Aliens even more, the rest are varying degrees of garbage. So, a movie with a similar(same) plot from a different perspective sounds like a breath of fresh air to me.

    • The Schwab

      Well said!

    • Mavis Zene

      The actors in this are in no way good actors. Dead pool merely sucked.

      • Hack Snyder

        Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors of this generation. Go watch: Nightcrawler, Prisoners, Enemy, and Zodiac.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    The effects look decent, the cast is decent… but usually these things end up getting crappy reviews. It does look inspired by Alien and anyone saying it doesn’t is clearly not an alien fan. The scene with the organism growing like in Prometheus, the flamethrower, the spiny tail … But I’m interested, there are a lack of monster movies about and if it’s watchable I’m all for it.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      looks like an Alien/Prometheus rip off, it could be better if there is a monster tough

      • GunsOfNavarone

        Yeah hopefully, these types of movies hinge on the monster design so lets hope it’s formidable.

  • James

    Very curious about this one.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    sounds like bullshit to me, also i am betting they will all die by the end of the movie

  • zombie84_41

    hopefully this will be good and actually have the alien kill everyone get onto earth and have some ending when the world ends sick of these bullshit happy endings

  • The Schwab

    Attacking the unseen film for (as of now) ONLY using a space setting and
    some visual motifs and then acting like Alien owns it all . Is every
    slasher film owned by Psycho for having a knife or a shower? Is every
    zombie film ripping off of Romero simply for its flesh-eating or
    shoot-’em’-in-the-head concept? Should every horror film really have to
    be taken to task for using these sort of sub-genre building blocks? You
    might as well outlaw other horror films visual motifs like moons and
    nighttime, and fog, because all that is stealing from Hammer/Universal.
    It’s true this film may not be good for other reasons, but short of a
    beat-for-beat remake, why is horror always held to some weird double

    • Philip De Cristofano

      Thats what i was thinking.Im just happy were starting to get more scifi/horrors on the big screen.I will wait to judge the movie when i see it.

  • JackSkellington

    Jesus, Miska. Eat a bag of dicks. Because the film is set in space and involves an alien… it’s an alien ripoff?! Uh, by those standards Alien was a ripoff in its own right. Why don’t you focus on the fact that your selling out has led to us being eye-raped by the “A Cure for Wellness” banners – many of which cover not only your main graphic for each “article”, but also the first few lines of said “articles”. But hey, keep pointing fingers at the craft of others. I guess the old adage is true…Those who can’t…”

    • Rick-Taylor

      Did you watch the trailer or the teaser? It is very reminiscent of Alien.

  • A2VL

    Yeah to me its like if Alien was combined with Gravity.

  • brothergrimm

    to me seems like a mix of The Thing, Alien, Sunshine and that one mars movie that came out last year I think with Liev Schreiber, The Last Days on Mars

    • lupe

      also add a little “Gravity”

    • gabriel

      and the poster reminds me of the 2011 film Apollo 18

  • umaneo

    This looks promising.

  • Shane da Lucky

    For me, the main difference between ‘Alien’ and ‘life’ is the biomechanical style of Giger who influenced the whole look and feel of the Alien movies. I don’t see how any comparison can be made at all based on the trailers.

    Curious to see how the little alien turns into a big one – I suspect it invades it’s host and mutates into Donald Trump.

    • Fred Hopkins

      Well aren’t you a funny snowflake.

    • Mike tantatelli

      The Alien should be easy to stop right? They just need to build a wall. 😉

    • MarsupialRebellion

      So original.

  • Mr. Screamer
  • Rick-Taylor

    Once again, every horror movie has the same trailer. Starts off happy, then the “DUNNN”, someone screams and the sound gets chopped up like a bad radio reception, screen flickers, silence with everyone looking confused, loud bang, etc.

  • JoeInTheBox

    My brain got whiplash reading this article.

  • The Drucifer

    Planet of the Vampires has a few issues with your comparison

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    There’s not enough taken from Alien to bother me. As far as the film itself. I’m still a little iffy on it but it’ll be worth a watch.

  • Mike tantatelli

    A movie in space with a threatening alien life form doesn’t mean that it’s like “Alien.” I guess no space/alien movies can ever be made again because they’ll just be ripping off “Alien.” What a bummer. Smh

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