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YMMV / Life (2017)

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  • Accidental Aesop: Considering the alien only started attacking after prodded awake with an electrical probe, the movie could be construed as a warning against trying to hasten natural processes.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Calvin truly a sadistic monster, or just a scared confused creature trying to stop the main cast from hurting it, the sadistic actions it takes could be interpreted as a way to scare the cast, with it only just learning how to do so coming across as evil rather than Blue and Orange Morality that would be probable due to it being an alien species very different from anything else. Also supported by the almost affectionate way Calvin caresses the rat; he only kills it once it bites him.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: If you watched the climax and asked yourself "What would make for a really obvious twist right now?", you probably would have guessed that the pod with Calvin in it was the one going to Earth.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: If you read spoilers online before seeing this film, you're going to find it hard to care about any of the characters, seeing as they all die or are implied to have died by the end. Coupled with Calvin's Invincible Villain status (as detailed below) and the possibility that it's going to destroy the Earth, this is a film that won't sit well with most people.
  • Epileptic Trees: A fan theory that this movie was a Stealth Prequel to Venom popped up right around immediately after it was announced that Sony was scheduling a Venom movie. The fact that a minor shot from Spider-Man 3 was reused for this movie added fuel to the fire.
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  • Fake American: As per usual, Ryan Reynolds, who is Canadian, plays American engineer Rory Adams.
  • Fridge Logic: Despite the bleak-looking ending, is humanity's doom really assured? As noted on the main page, Earth is a new environment for Calvin, one that it might not be able to adapt to, thus it and its spawn might die out War of the Worlds style. On top of that, none of the crew members aside from Rod actively tried to fight it - and with an impromptu weapon, to boot - so it's up in the air whether or not Calvin can shrug off bullets or chemicals. A confirmed weakness is low temperature, so there's a chance that good old General Winter might prove to be a major obstacle in Calvin's would-be conquest. In the end, with all these factors involved, Calvin's chances of actually wiping out humanity aren't astronomically high.
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  • Idiot Plot: Throughout the story, the astronauts act dumb and Calvin's success is directly related to their mistakes and stupidity. This includes, but is not limited to: hyper-intelligent people forgetting their training at inopportune times, protocols being ignored and replaced by bravado, and objectives being hidden from characters, which obviously comes back to bite everyone in the ass.
  • Narm:
    • Calvin growing a face for no reason other than as an attempt to make it look more scary, as it was already established that it doesn't need a face since it can see and eat with its whole body, comes across as laughably trying too hard. The fact that the face seems to sport a Slasher Smile doesn't help.
    • How can you not crack a little bit of a smile when the characters, at the movie's climax, recite Goodnight Moon?
      • It might be a bit cheesy, but Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is enough to elevate it a bit, especially hearing his voice crack and cut off into sobs on the line "Goodnight, nobody."
    • Sure, when it was a harmless little alien, the name "Calvin" was acceptable. But hearing the astronauts call it that when the chaos starts is a tad chuckle-inducing.
    • For those familiar with cheesy sticky-octopus toys, Calvin's occasional resemblance to a Wacky Wall Walker as it tumbles along the station's surfaces can really break the mood.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • It may be narm to some, but Calvin is pretty creepy-looking. And it progressively gets freakier, even sporting what resembles a Slasher Smile. Ugh.
    • Rory's death. Calvin eats the inside of his body. Not a pleasant way to go.
    • To further elaborate: Calvin goes inside Rory's mouth, despite Rory's horrified expression and futile attempts to stop him. And then he starts coughing up blood droplets and can't breathe. His face grows more strained with veins present. Then he stops moving. And he just floats there, as huge droplets of blood float out of Rory's mouth. Then Calvin emerges out of his bloodied mouth, appearing much, MUCH bigger.
    • The ending. Due to a collision, the escape pods switch courses. The one with Dr. North in it is stranded in space forever, and the one with Dr. Jordan and Calvin land on Earth. And then the earthbound pod is opened by two unsuspecting fishermen, unleashing humanity's doom. Even if you saw it coming a mile away, it's still a scary thought.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Admit it, you rooted for Calvin!
  • Spiritual Licensee: With Alien: Covenant following the new continuity established by Prometheus, this film is the closest thing to an actual remake of Alien.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: the film tries to make itself seem like an aversion but with the Cruel Twist Ending thrown in, but as noted, it is incredibly obvious in doing so, most viewers wanted a more Heroic Sacrifice ending rather than the negated one we got.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In hindsight, it wasn't such a good idea to provoke an alien life form that you knew nothing about, now, was it? For that matter, also for the scientists never having a plan for what is necessary to kill it in the event it did escape.
    • When it attacks Hugh's hand, you'd expect them to do something, right? Especially since it's now showing hostile behavior. What do they actually do? Nothing! They just keep watching until it breaks Hugh's hand... which is actually one of the few sensible things they do in the entire film. Hugh was, after all, in a quarantined lab when an obviously hostile organism started attacking him. Breaching this quarantine is the last thing you should do in this situation, although it's still criminal negligence of the highest order that no emergency protocols of any kind were in place, or if they were, that nobody acted on them.
    • When the alien amoeba invades Rory's body, what the scientists should have done was jettison Rory into space posthaste. But no, they just acted like dumb, scared children.
    • Ditto for Kat not detaching her own tether and kicking herself away from the station, thus carrying Calvin away, as soon as she realized she was done for. Let another crew member finish the repairs she'd come out to make after the killer snot monster was safely out of jumping range to return.
    • The whole plan to use the escape pods at the end, and the idea among the crew that Calvin is somehow likely to survive reentry. The incinerator Rory used against him (which was obviously harmful enough to make Calvin retreat form it) is nothing compared to the heat, friction, and other effects Calvin would encounter during reentry, or the fact that he would inevitably impact the surface at terminal velocity. (Comparing the two is like comparing a BB-gun to a howitzer.) In short there was very little real reason to think he could survive reentry, whether he rode the station down or not. And certainly not enough to justify allowing him into an escape pod which is specifically designed to allow living things to survive reentry, and risked giving him a first-class trip to Earth if anything went wrong.
    • The idiotic Vietnamese fishermen, upon seeing David covered in some unknown alien biomass and desperately shouting at them, decide to open up his pod anyway.


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