Life finds a way?
Netflix is starting the new year…on a mediocre note with the release of the 2017 film Life, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the film, while Daniel Espinosa directed.
For those who missed the film five years ago, the film revolves around a team of scientists working on an international space station. After discovering a rapidly evolving life form that has caused a mass extinction on Mars, it’s up to the doomed crew to save Earth from the same fate.
If that little description wasn’t clear enough, the film took heavy inspiration from the Alien franchise. Upon its release, the film was acclaimed for its acting and production values, but ultimately fell short in the eyes of critics for its failure to advance the genre in any meaningful way. “Life” currently has a 67% stake in Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed $100.5 million worldwide on a production budget of $58 million.
The film faced stiff competition from Power Rangers, CHiPs, Beauty and the Beast, and Kong Skull Island. Ultimately, the film would finish in 4th place at the box office. And although the film made its money back overall, the mixed reception prevented the film from becoming a major franchise. But with its imminent release on Netflix, renewed attention could transform the film into a cult classic and spawn a future sequel.
Interestingly, this random sci-fi horror film has an odd connection to the Spider-Man film universe, as a trailer for the film used stock footage of a crowd reacting to Spider-Man catching Gwen Stacy from Spider-Man 3. Fans speculated that “Life” was meant to be an origin story for Venom. The directors and writers were either fans of the Spider-Verse or had previously written unreleased scripts based around Venom.
No wonder Jake Gyllenhaal would play Mysterio in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. Funnily enough, Espinosa also contributed to the Spider-Man screen universe by directing the grossly underrated (sarcasm) Morbius. With Ryan Reynolds becoming synonymous with Deadpool, one of Spider-Man’s longtime collaborators, there could be a conspiracy after all.
Regardless, you can make up your own mind about “Life” when it releases on Netflix on January 1, 2022. For more information on the latest release, visit Twinfinite.
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