Instead, we're treated to a lot of lingering scenes of people staring off into space which feels out of place since they are in the fight of their lives against a creature that seems impervious to all forms of harm.
Deadly aliens have always been a fascination for Hollywood movies, such as 1996's "Independence Day", in which aliens try to destroy Earth, and 1979's "Alien" in which an extraterrestrial monster hunts humans on a spaceship, much like the plot of "Life". "Canada had sex with America, and then they made the two of them and they're twins, and both of them tried to eat each other in the womb but they didn't, they survived, and because of the trauma they both became actors, and that's why the two of them are actors and who they are", Gyllenhaal riffed.
While fans are enjoying hearing the new best friends gush about one another in promotional interviews, it wasn't all fun for filmmakers during the Life shoot, because Jake and Ryan would spend so much time goofing around in between takes.
Life is not the second coming of sci-fi horror films nor the smartest film you're going to see this year as it falls prey to far too many pitfalls of its genre. That's a lucky thing. "Life" is like watching a "Rocky" movie, if Mr. T just kept beating Sylvester Stallone up a little more with each fight. Reynolds said his co-star is "one the greatest actors of this generation".
"They (movie bosses) were like, 'You guys need to cut it out. I love to cook for a family like that". "It's not often you get this experience".
"We sort of grew up in this business together without knowing each other until very recently", Gyllenhaal said.
In the film, the crew aboard the worldwide space station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars.
After a reporter asked him if he regretted the publicity surrounding the relationship he replied: "What should I regret, in your mind?" Here, we follow a team of a half dozen scientists working aboard the International Space Station.
But even with the backdrop of a sci-fi heart-pounder, Gyllenhaal said he and Reynolds found some levity throughout the filming.