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UPDATE: The Second Life Trailer Provides Additional Chills

Image from the sci-fi movie Life trailer

The alien life we encounter in the second Life trailer turns out not to be so friendly.

Along with the thrills (if you’re a Patriots fan) of the recent first overtime Super Bowl game ever, we got another Life trailer, for the upcoming sci-fi thriller/chiller. Like the first trailer, it showcases a new alien life-form we bring back from a Mars probe going bad and terrorizing the crew of the International Space Station.

It does, however, also provide a little additional story. For example, in the trailer, they reference finding out that this alien lifeform wiped out what other life there was on Mars ‘millions of years ago,’ and that if it gets to Earth, it may extinguish ‘all human life.’ So, of course, it’s up to our space station crew to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Some people are pointing out that it has parallels to the Alien franchise and is definitely going for an Alien-esque vibe, and they’re not wrong. The title artwork even seems to borrow from the simple font of Alien, combined with the ‘light effect’ in the letters from Aliens.

Title artwork for sci-fi thriller Life compared to Alien and Aliens

Life definitely looks pretty awesome, and we won’t have to wait too much longer to see if it is, as Life springs into theaters on March 24, 2017. They thought better of re-positioning the movie for a Labor Day weekend release against the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie and moved it back to its original slot on March 24, where it will face off against the Power Rangers and a new King Arthur movie.

Original Post 10-31-16: The Life Trailer Gives Us More Reasons to Fear Alien Life

While I was watching the second episode of The Walking Dead season 7 (The Well) I was treated to the Life trailer, something which I hadn’t been expecting. It’s been on my radar, so to speak, since it was announced a while back, but with the first Life trailer finally here, I’m starting to get more than a little excited.

Before I get too much further into this, I should probably let you watch the trailer first.

Sci-fi Movie Life Trailer

What’s Life All About?

OK, so now that you’ve seen the trailer, there’s one small additional plot detail to add. As you see, an international crew of six astronauts discovers life, after recovering a returning satellite / probe (shades of The Andromeda Strain). So where it’s returning from? Mars, that great red hunk of rock that Matt Damon managed to escape from last year.

Who’s Taking Part in Life?

Image from the sci-fi movie Life trailer - Gyllenhaal and ReynoldsThe six astronauts are being played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon BakareHiroyuki Sanada and Ryan Reynolds. Director Daniel Espinosa and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have all worked with Reynolds before (Espinosa on Safe House, and Reese and Wernick on Deadpool and the upcoming Deadpool 2), so it’ll be interesting to see if that influences whether or not he survives Life (which the trailer hints me may not.)

What We Learned From the Life Trailer

Image from the sci-fi movie Life trailer - Don't touch alien life formsOK, first, and most importantly, don’t touch the life-forms from Mars. They might appear adorable, but we all know that’s just a ruse to get us to drop our guard. Second, if Ryan Reynolds becomes infected, or it otherwise becomes necessary for the survival of the crew to seal him off, Jake Gyllenhaal is your man to get the job done.

Life was originally supposed to come out on March 24th next year but was bumped into the Memorial Day (May 24, 2017) slot to avoid competing with the Power Rangers movie, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I would say maybe they’re overestimating the draw of those two, but there are a surprising amount of people interested in the Power Rangers movie.

Featured Image: Sony Pictures Entertainment

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