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“ALIEN: COVENANT”, Ridley Scott’s latest “Alien” prequel, is due to be released in May. It is a prospect which would be more tantalising for science-fiction buffs if “Prometheus”, his last “Alien” offering, hadn’t been such a muddled disappointment. Nevertheless, it will be intriguing to see how “Covenant” compares with “Life”, a new film directed by Daniel Espinosa and scripted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the writing team behind “Zombieland” and “Deadpool”). Depending on how charitable you’re feeling, their space-bound monster movie is either a loving homage to “Alien” or a blatant rip-off.
“Life” is faithful to Mr Scott’s 1979 original (arguably more so than many of the official sequels and prequels) in that it derives much of its tension from trapping its characters in one small suite of rooms and corridors. Apart from two brief sequences set on Earth, the entire film is set in and around the International Space Station in the near future. The six-person crew includes a pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has been in orbit for a record-breaking 473 days; a hot-headed engineer (Ryan Reynolds); and a quarantine officer (Rebecca Ferguson). They receive…Continue reading