Bite Size: Life

Life

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it….

It’s pretty clear from the first five minutes what Life is trying to be, a strange kind of hybrid of Alien and Gravity, with an unhealthy dose of John Carpenters’ The Thing thrown in to liven things up. They say in space no-one hears you scream, but Life bucks this trend and boy do we get a lot of screaming.

The plot, for what it’s worth, centres around a group of ‘scientists’ (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Hiroyuki Sanada amongst others) on board the International Space Station, tasked with catching (quite literally), a returning probe containing soil samples from Mars. In the samples, they discover the first incontrovertible proof of life on Mars, which after some poking and prodding, they find is none too friendly. Carnage ensues. (more…)

Berlin Syndrome

Berlin Syndrome

Your world on your back

Cate Shortland, the Australian director of the chillingly captivating Berlin Syndrome, shows us the darker side of one of the key Australian rites of passage – backpacking across Europe. It may well give you cause to reconsider what you plan to do on your gap year.

We meet our young Australian backpacker, Clare (Teresa Palmer), arriving in Berlin, where she meets Andi (Max Riemelt), a German English teacher, and the two embark on a passionate and obsessive relationship. Both express their desire for the experience not to end, though Andi takes this to the extreme when Clare wakes up one morning and finds she is unable to leave the apartment. (more…)