Have you been wondering about the "space jockey" and his strange starship ever since the first Alien ? Ridley Scott's new Alien prequel gives you some answers, while on the other hand the movie also spawns some new questions.
Mr. Scott himself won't call it an Alien prequel, but even if it doesn't take place on the same planet - Prometheus is on: LV-223, while Aliens  names the planet: LV-426 - there are still so many similarities and connections that it is hard not to see it as some sort of a prequel.
The story is not exactly hard to follow:
- man finds star maps on Earth,
- Weyland Corporation builds expensive spacecraft,
- man flies to a planet far away in search of "the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything",
- man meets some nasty shit in space.
- maybe man should have read the novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" instead and have been satisfied with the answer: "42."
I could now unleash my hatred against metro-sexual men in sandals, including an android wearing fucking sandals in outer space. Instead however I'll just say that the sneaky android is played very well by Michael Fassbender.
Noomi Rapace does a good job as our heroine Elizabeth Shaw, even if she is a bit too annoyingly emotional at times (and her accent changes a lot as she grows older, haha.) Comparing Elizabeth to Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley makes no sense. They are two very different characters.
Charlize Theron's character Meredith Vickers is sadly enough not developed enough to ever become particularly interesting.
The movie has none of the creepy feel of the original Alien. It's more of a sci-fi action movie. There's a bit of action and a bit of gore, but nothing too extreme. Well, some sensitive deep space explorers may perhaps find a certain surgery scene a little extreme.
It's not a movie that made me go "wow, holy space cow!" in the cinema today, but on the other hand I was feeling well entertained and I would certainly love to watch it again on bluray later. It wouldn't hurt having a sequel to the prequel either - and luckily enough, the ending is more than perfect for just that.