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Aliens poke back in this Life extended preview

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Ah, yes, life on Mars — the dream of science fiction fans and cosmically-minded daydreamers everywhere. Although real world attempts to identify any such extraterrestrial life have been unsuccessful, Daniel Espinosa’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Life explores the possibility of finding some. In a new extended preview of the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal as scientists, the team gets more than they bargained for from their newly-discovered organism.

Faced with a new organism, the first proof of life on Mars, Ariyon Bakare’s scientist decides to poke it with a stick. More precisely, he uses a device to stimulate the organism with electricity. This quickly goes bad when the organism reacts by grabbing his hand … and doesn’t let go.

SXSW attendees will be the first to find out what happens next, when the world premiere of Life closes out this year’s festival on March 18. The movie opens nationwide March 24. Check out the extended sneak peek above.