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Holding On for Dear Life

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When it comes to a movie that enthralls an audience, Life receives two thumbs up. This rated R science fiction thriller keeps making the viewer cover her eyes with her hands but peek through with the need to know what will happen next. Even though I generally do not care for sci-fi movies because I startle easily, Life would be a movie to keep anyone entertained with the interesting storyline, outstanding mood, and believable actors.

Have you ever experienced a situation where everything was going well, almost too well? You just expect something bad to occur to ruin the bliss; this is exactly what happens in Life. The beginning presents a joyful mood because the astronauts, played by Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca Ferguson, have discovered proof of life on Mars. The jubilant atmosphere continues to grow with the organism until like a balloon filled to capacity, it pops. The sweet, loving life form turns into a dangerous killer. Being stuck on the ISS, International Space Station, the astronauts have little to do but survive until they can contain or kill the organism. The end holds a twist that left me gaping at the screen. Many movies have depicted the possibility of life on Mars or another planet, but Life keeps the pulse racing and the viewer guessing what will happen next with its close quarters and constantly evolving creature.

The mood remains a dominant reason for the movie to be so attention grabbing. Having a joyful beginning, Life really makes the viewer become attached to the story, events, and life form. This contrasts with the dark, ominous feeling created directly after that continues throughout the rest of the film. When the disaster of the film occurs, Life left me with a copious amount of suspense forgetting that I only have two eye covering hands and one racing heart to cope. Not to mention, the movie forced me to become attached to the selfless characters and wait on bated breath for the next scene to ensure they remain alive and well.

The actors that played these characters made the movie so intriguing. The facial expressions and reactions to events made the characters so realistic. For instance, the pure joy or fear, whichever the scene demanded, was wholly expressed on the actors faces which made the audience believe them. Also, the characters made choices in the film that were sometimes illogical or emotion based, saving friends even though it risked their own lives, while other decisions were very tactical which both would be expected to occur in a life-threatening situation. These actors sold out to their roles and drew the audience in and made them feel apart of the onscreen action.

Since this movie is rated R, be advised before watching because movies receive these ratings for a reason. Darker themes of blood and violence occurs in the movie, and even though I am very easily scared, this film does contain many, many scenes that frighten the viewer. If this does not deter, then enjoy this heart-racing film on a gloomy day of your spring break!

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  1. adviser on March 31st, 2017 5:58 pm

    Rita and I usually don’t enjoy thrillers, but after reading your review, we decided to go. We were not disappointed. You described the movie well and wrote that it would keep us on the edge of our seats. Thank you for writing such a good review.

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Holding On for Dear Life