Astronauts encounter Martian microbes in Super Bowl spot + trailer for Life

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May 2, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Sony's 30-second Super Bowl spot for the new sci-fi thriller, Life, dropped on Saturday in an early strike to distinguish itself from the mad blitz of other Game Day trailers charging for attention from Disney, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and others. It's a frightening tease featuring the International Space Station crew performing delicate tests on a Martian microbe sample, with the inevitable disasters befalling them in the process.

Sony also released a new full two-minute trailer yesterday as well, this one again narrated by John F. Kennedy's 1962 space exploration speech but delving much more into the story and events leading up to the violent outbreak.

The special effects here look most impressive but I'm worried that it's all too familiar territory with similar elements of Alien, Gravity, The Expanse and an armada of other alien outbreak scripts rehashed from the splintered plots of a dozen video games. Obviously the execution of the story and the performances by its stars -- Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson -- will determine just how successful it ultimately is, but it all seems a bit overwrought and derivative.

Here's the official synopsis:

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

Launch into this early peek at the Super Bowl trailer and new extended trailer below, then tell us if you have a fatal attraction to Life's space spores or if your cosmic gardening days are over. Life hatches in theaters on March 24.

(via Coming Soon)