Summary - TrickyFitz
A common trend in hollywood over the past several years has been the remake, sequel, prequel and re-boot of franchises from A Nightmare on Elm Street to X-Men and even Die Hard.
Original movies have become far and few between.
So when Sir Ridley Scott announced that he was jumping back into a universe which he helped create way back in 1979 one could be forgiven for rolling their eyes, but most sat up in excitement and monitored the matter very closely.
Now, here we are. The story follows the journey of a group of scientists across the universe as they try to establish the source of mankind as we know it. Ancient glyphs and cave paintings across the world hold identical charts and the conclusion is that these charts are a map of a distant constolation where our 'engineers' originate.
I don't want to give too much away as I feel everyone should make their own opinions on this one, but...
This is a movie with two different sides to the coin. One side it showcases stellar performances from Fassbender (again) and Rapace while set against the backdrop of deft direction and stunning visual effects, while on the other, Elba, Theron and Pearce are wasted in their rolls and many of the 'thrills' are done in such a matter of fact way you just can't invest in what you're seeing.
The inevitable comparisons to Alien will be made regardless of how you try to view this, but the approach here is more in line with Star Trek. Alien was one chapter, but what's not to say there are other stories to tell in this universe? (maybe this will be the start if a new edition to my prior. list. A parallel franchies maybe?)
Scott promised that it would not be a prequel, sequel or re-boot but assured fans that the 'DNA' of Alien would be here and that is a great way to describe it. This movie is a very different animal while being distinctly familiar at the same time. It's just a shame we didn't get the end result we hoped for....
Think this may be one to accumulate a cult following as opposed to a wider fan base.... but you never know...
Review published on the 02 June 2012 19:23
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