(2017) (Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Science-Fiction: Six astronauts aboard the International Space Station discover an extraterrestrial life form, and it turns out to be quite malevolent.
- In the near future, six astronauts aboard the International Space Station above Earth study a soil sample collected from Mars, hoping it will provide proof of extraterrestrial life. It does in the form of a large, single-celled organism. Under the watchful eye of Mission Commander Ekaterina Golovkina (OLGA DIHOVICHNAYA) and Miranda North (REBECCA FERGUSON), an observer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Hugh Derry (ARIYON BAKARE) begins experimenting on the microscopic alien, seeing if it will respond to different stimuli.
Over the course of the next three-plus weeks, the organism grows at an exponential rate and begins exhibiting intelligence and a very strong survival instinct. A lab mishap causes the organism, affectionately named "Calvin," to go dormant. When it awakens and is roughly the size of a large spider, it attacks Hugh by latching onto his gloved hand and crushing it. Astronaut Rory Adams (RYAN REYNOLDS) springs into action, tries to kill it, but Calvin escapes into the station's ventilation system.
The astronauts try to use all of their technical expertise to contain the creature and hopefully kill it, especially when their station falls into a decaying orbit. They fear the organism, which has proven it can survive in the vacuum of space, could survive re-entry and make it to the Earth's surface. Japanese astronaut Sho Murakami (HIROYUKI SANADA) has an especially big personal stake in the matter, as his wife has just given birth to their first child in Tokyo. Pilot David Jordan (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) eventually comes up with a plan to lure Calvin into one of the station's lifeboats and fly it out into deep space.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens will have some interest due to its sci-fi and horror elements and Ryan Reynolds of "Deadpool" being among the featured actors.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror.
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