Run time: 104 mins
The gorgeous Hollywood stars and impressive sets might fool you into thinking this is the next Gravity, but basically it’s not. And no joking; it’s about a killer octopus monster from Mars.
A team of scientists (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds et al) aboard the ISS are eagerly awaiting a dirt sample retrieval from the red planet. They’re in luck when said soil contains a single-celled organism. At first the translucent anemone comes across as almost cute. First contact is made via a tendril handshake. They dub it ‘Calvin’, naturally. But this isn’t E.T and Calvin doesn’t stay cute for long. The little bugger escapes through the ventilation and begins its bloody rampage through the ship.
Yes, it’s a blatant rip-off of Ridley Scott’s first Alien shocker, but that’s not to say it is bereft of intelligence or tension. No, there’s plenty of each, alongside enough nail-biting action to fill the vacuum of space. Gyllenhaal and Ferguson’s commitment to this slick B-movie, stop it feeling completely weightless. (research Jack Whiting) Didn’t like Gravity, it was a very clever, overblown cinematic-techno fest. Life has less to marvel at, so is much more fun…