17 Through ’17: Life

Here’s our list of 17 not to be missed movies to see starting next month and through the end to 2017.  Each day we will bring you the next on the list.  These are in chronological order of release date, not any specific ranking of hype or expectations.  We leave that up to the reader!

Let’s get started . . .

Note: All release dates are subject to change.



Opens:  May 26, 2017
Rated:  Pending
Director:  Daniel Espinosa
Starring:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds

Life seemed to sneak up on everyone with very little notice or information. I admit that I’d not even heard of it a week or two ago when the trailer mysteriously showed up on Youtube with little fanfare. I usually pride myself on keeping informed on upcoming science fiction movies, but I utterly dropped the ball on this one.  I’ve watched the trailer several times, and If you can put aside the feeling of “scientists doing stupid things” (a la Prometheus), Life looks pretty interesting. The vibe it gives is a mixture of Gravity, The Martian, and a contemporary set Alien. Whether an actual nasty alien somehow metamorphosizes or if the crew are taken over by some form of intelligent alien virus is yet to be seen.  But the trailer portrays some sense of terror and threat loose on the International Space Station.

As with most of the 17 through ’17 movies, those coming late on the calendar (summer 2017 and beyond) are fairly lacking in information other than a teaser and release date.

But here’s a short synopsis:

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station (ISS) that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

The Hype: A science fiction movie with less pew-pew and more contemporary looking science (zero gravity, no sound in space, etc).  This could dovetail nicely into the recent interest in private space exploration and the trip to Mars.

The Caution:  Ryan Reynolds.  Sure, he was probably born to play Deadpool, but beyond that he’s been a curse to movies and box office.  Some science fiction fans are turned off by bad science, and there’s already rumblings that this movie is another example of Hollywood portraying what are supposed to be smart scientists doing incredibly stupid things.

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