The Life of a scary space octopus

FRAUDULENT TRAILERS ANNOY the heck out of me.  And it’s very clear what I mean by a fraudulent trailer: one that includes content which is completely devoid the film.  That was one of the problems with the insipid Silver Linings Playbook.  In the Life trailer, audio of JFK’s speech about the USA’s moonshot is featured prominently, as if to give a greater context to the film.  Why then the speech, and its full implications, go AWOL come movie-time can be explained by only one reason: incompetence.

And so what you’re left with is a scary space octopus version of Alien.  Like Alien, the nascent forms of the alien life-form are quite intriguing.  Unlike Alien, that’s the best Life gets.  Life quickly devolves into a very second-rate monster-chase film.

I did like the sequel-ready ending of Life, but overall there’s too much mindlessness.  Having to introduce a new tag “trailer perjury” doesn’t help.  5/10

Comparison Notes (all recommended): The Ruins, Alien, Moon, Passengers, The Mist, Splice

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Film Brief: Deadpool

Deadpool - poster smallI was even more set against seeing Deadpool than I was Hail, Caesar!, but, as with the Coens’ picture, something switched.  Deadpool has legs, and I thought how bad could all the male crotch/ass shots be?  As it turns out, bad, but also not frequent or disturbing enough to ruin the picture.  So we’re left with a fairly original, somewhat fun, somewhat boring, plotless film.  I am really on the fence with this one, but the lack of a compelling story was causing my mind to drift, so a marginal thumbs-down.  5/10

Comparison Notes (Recommended): Guardians of the Galaxy, Natural Born Killers, Fido, John Dies at the End