The tagline for the movie is: They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end.
Synopsis: Ridley Scott does science fiction again. I remember watching Alien at the Old Mill 6 Theaters in Mountain View. My sister took me. I don't recall if I knew what the movie was about before watching it. I think all I knew was that it took place in outer space. Star Wars took place in outer space, so this movie should be cool, right? Well, after the infamous chestbuster scene, I knew this was a different movie.
I heard this started out as a prequel to Alien, but changed to a movie that takes place in the same universe as Alien. Whatever. The film is about going into space to find the answer to the origins of man. Oh, and there are scary aliens in space.
The Good: The general idea of the film, trying to discover the origins of man, is a cool thought. If our creators left signs of where we came from, and perhaps how to find them, wouldn't any reasonable person go looking for them if they had the oppportunity?
The science and design win the day for me in this film. The technology has a sense of realism to it. I can believe they are on the ship Prometheus, and that this ship actually exists.
The aliens (there are more than one type) are interesting without being too foreign. They are familiar yet new. I am not sure how much CGI was done for the aliens, but to me it didn't look like much.
As far as memorable scenes, I must say I enjoyed the operation scene is on par with the chestbuster scene of Alien.
The acting was well done. I especially liked Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. Noomi Rapace is a great choice for the lead. The character she plays, Elizabeth Shaw, is a strong character in the same vein as Sirgourney Weaver's Ripley.
The Bad: Overall it was a predictable story. An observant film watcher can determine what is going to happen. You could tsee the hidden relationships between characters. There are almost no surprises.
The exploration scenes were good, but I wish they were darker, more tension filled. They were too straightforward and light in comparison to Alien.
There are a few plot hole "huh" moments, like why does one person get affected this way while another is affected another way. The film leaves you with few answers and more questions. Will they be addressed in a sequel if there is one? Who knows.
Overall: The film is worth watching. I don't think you should compare it to Alien. Take that film out of the equation. You will probably enjoy this more if you do.
**My Rating: Matinée