Director: Ridley Scott
I purposely tried not to learn much about this beforehand, avoiding reviews and the trailer, not that the brief TV commercial I saw gave much away, and so I went in cold. I’m glad I did. I think it works best that way. The little bit of plot you need to know is simple: it’s about a space exploration to seek the origins of humankind.
Of course you may have heard that it is a prequel to Alien, but the links are so tiny it’s pretty much a standalone film. It’s very different from Alien and not so much a monster movie. Instead there’s a lot more about who or what humans are and the nature of our existence. Nothing much comes of that, sadly, but at least the film toys with some interesting questions.
It’s very well directed and acted, with plenty of interesting tension. Once the alien creatures start getting involved it devolves too much into a monster movie, but it still has some actual story left. It’s also a beautiful film, with many photogenic and dramatic shots. The ending leaves open a door for sequel which I’d love to see. Definitely worth checking out. I saw the 3D version just because it was a more convenient time, but I don’t think the 3D, while not bad, adds anything.