The worlds are at war in this trailer for the sci-fi thriller LIFE

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Life on Mars isn’t just the title of a David Bowie song, it’s also the subject of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Life, which sees a group of scientists aboard the ISS experimenting on a mysterious sample brought back from Mars. I think we can all be fairly sure that won’t end well.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

In between the mandatory BVVVVs and BWAAAAPs all sci-fi movies seem to use these days, we hear voice-over taken from a speech made by US President John F. Kennedy on America’s hopes for their space programme. It makes for a fantastic counterpoint to the visuals, and the combination reminded me strongly of H.G. Well’s ‘The War of The Worlds’ radio series. Who would’ve thought a few strands of reddish hair could inspire such panic?

To be honest I wasn’t all that happy after watching the trailer because while it looks like a movie I definitely want to watch – it has a top-notch cast and is visually impressive – it seems to give away just too much of the plot, and that’s criminal when it comes to thrillers.

What do you think?

Life is due for release in the UK on 12 May 2017 and in the US on 26 May 2017, no local date as yet. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool), it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Deadpool Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya.

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Last Updated: October 31, 2016

Trevor Davies

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