Life (2017): Because ET's Are Still a Big NOPE

Space: The final blockbuster frontier. By the looks of this upcoming film, it seems Hollywood hasn't given up on scaring the crap out of us with the prospect of learning we're not alone in the Universe

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station 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.

Don't get me wrong. I love me some Ryan Reynolds as much as the next bro, and wouldn't mind laughing at his jokes about how the ISS smells like ass because of Jake Gyllenhaal's lack of hygiene. But there's just something that's really bugging me about this apparent thriller concoction that seems 1 part Alien, 2 parts Gravity, one table-spoon of Mission to Mars with a pinch of Lovecraft to add a bit of tentacled flavor.

That brew seems just too bland to swallow. Not after seeing how Hollywood is capable of serving us masterpieces like Arrival, and exploring the discussion of life outside of Earth in much more interesting ways than your typical space-based thriller. Here's what *I* would like to see for a change: A Sci-Fi story in which humanity finds extraterrestrial life and feels deeply threatened by it, but NOT because ETs want to either eat/enslave/assimilate us, but because their very nature and existence proves Mankind is irrelevant in the larger picture of the Cosmos. Think about it: If we humans and everything we can see, touch and smell all around us amounts to less than 5% of the observable universe, then that means we're basically cosmic dandruff.

What if aliens haven't made open contact with us because they would find such an idea as ludicrous as ourselves trying to establish relationships with the bacteria inhabiting our large intestine?

All I'm saying is we deserve more intelligent Sci-Fi narratives, and Life seems just like a flashy mashup of tried-out themes.

But if you're not dissuaded by my ranting --and in fact you shouldn't and make up your own mind-- then you'll be able to catch it on your nearest cineplex on March 24th.


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Charles Pope's picture
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The survival instinct includes an exaggerated sense of importance. Even insects seem to think more highly of themselves than they should.

The Earth is of interest, but not of much importance to ET. Advanced intelligence doesn't need Earth-like planets to survive, but could still regenerate our Earth if it gets trashed. I'm still thinking that ET may be gathering some experimental data on humanity (for future purposes), and that is why there is a "hands-off" policy regarding "contact." But, some rogue ET elements choose to ignore that mandate. That's my theory and I'm not necessarily sticking to it (haha).

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"Think about it: If we humans and everything we can see, touch and smell all around us amounts to less than 5% of the observable universe, then that means we're basically cosmic dandruff. "

Not even that. Space is infinite, and so we amount to basically nothing.


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Only 10% of the DNA found in your body is actually your own. The rest is the bacteria inhabiting inside and around you like a human choral :)

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

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If space were finite we would amount to very little, but since space is ever expanding scale has nothing to do with it.

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It seems most likely that the first extraterrestrials we will find are going to be primitive life. Because (1) it is much more common, as evidence by the abundance of primitive life in our environment, and (2) it is too dumb to run and hide from us.

We are the cat.