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Watch Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds Battle A Tiny Extraterrestrial in the ‘Life’ Trailer

In space, the cornbread eats you.

by Bryan Murray

by Bryan Murray

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for their upcoming space thriller, Life, during the latest episode of The Walking Dead. To put it mildlyl, it’s completely out of control.  A sci-fi cocktail consisting of one part Gravity, one part Ghosts of Mars , and a dash of Alien bitters for good measure, Life follows in the moonprint footsteps of its sci-fi predecessors with a trailer that's so good, it could eclipse the movie itself (Hi, Prometheus).

According to the studio, Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station 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 to be far more intelligent than anyone could have expected.
 
The trailer opens on an international space station drifting above Earth, a humble home in space for the ship's astronauts and researchers. After a wayward vessel is captured by the ship's crew and a simple life form is discovered on it, there is a  brief moment of muted glee, as Ariyon Bakare's character asserts through a smile that they "are looking at the first proof of life beyond Earth."  This proves to be a historic moment indeed until, naturally, in an attempt to cuddle with the organism, Bakare is brutally murdered in a series of quick cuts, setting the action into motion.
 
Cut to: ship disaster! space debris! Ryan Reynolds with a flamethrower! The trailer dials up to a fever pitch until a door slams leaving our protagonists staring headlong into each other's eyes through the cold glass of cruel fate.
 
Life marks the first time Ryan Reynolds has teamed up with Jake Gyllenhaal, but sees him reunited with director Daniel Espinosa, who worked with Reynolds and Denzel Washington on Safe House (2012) and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote Zombieland (2009) as well as Reynolds’ biggest hit of his career, Deadpool.
 
Life is set to be released May 26, 2017. Watch the trailer here, and remember, freshly discovered organisms make the worst cuddle buddies.
 
 

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Bryan Murray

Bryan Murray is an Atlanta based cinephile, writer and Michael Jackson music video scholar.



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