Parents' Guide to

Life

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lots of violence, some language, in well-told alien story.

Movie R 2017 103 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

Just don’t

This movie is super scary and suspenseful AND has a terrible ending. B grade horror with a horror ending that will keep kids and parents awake at night after.
age 17+

Good space movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (23 ):

This sci-fi creature feature doesn't really do anything we haven't seen before, but its execution -- including smooth camerawork and tense editing and music -- makes it reasonably gripping. In Life, director Daniel Espinosa glides his camera along the corridors of the satellite as if it, too, were weightless, and the crisp editing and the intense score provide plenty of nervous suspense. It's not as dark and shadowy as the similar Alien, but the lights are used to interesting effect.

The characters are also interesting. Not only do they represent a diverse cross-section of cultures and sexes, but they're treated like smart people. No one wanders off alone to check something out, and no one splits up. Generally, the movie avoids the kinds of cliches the genre routinely falls back on. Plus, no one is an invincible hero stepping up to save the day. Even the creature is given credit for being clever -- a worthy adversary. Overall, Life is pretty basic, and it's a familiar story, but any story can feel fresh again when it's told well.

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