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Life DVD review: Gory sci-fi feeds on the classics

 

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Jake Gyllenhaal as David Jordan in Life. Photo: PA Photo/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Jake Gyllenhaal as David Jordan in Life. Photo: PA Photo/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Jake Gyllenhaal as David Jordan in Life. Photo: PA Photo/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Russian commander Katerina Golovkin (Olga Dihovichnaya) leads the six-strong international team of the Mars Pilgrim 7 Mission on the International Space Station.

Colleagues include chief medical officer Dr David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), exobiologist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare), mission specialist Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), systems engineer Sho Kendo (Hiroyuki Sanada) and quarantine expert Dr Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson).

A Mars soil sample contains a single-celled life form, christened Calvin, which grows at a ferocious rate and the crew pool resources to exterminate it before it reaches the all-you-can-eat buffet of planet Earth.

Life is a formulaic, yet entertaining, battle for survival that slaughters the cast one by one and shamelessly references genre classics including Alien and Gravity.

Three stars

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