Charlize Theron, Drama, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Movie, Noomi Rapace, Prometheus, Science Fiction
Well, it took me long enough to finally see this. I guess all the hate scared me off, but I really didn’t think it was quite as bad as some were reporting. Disappointing? Sure, but not terrible. Just…a bit too straightforward for this series. Basically it’s just another story of people landing on a strange planet, encountering a life form, and then being turned into monsters by that life form. It reminded me a lot of another movie I reviewed on here not too long ago called The Last Days on Mars, which I guess could just be a ripoff of Prometheus.
I like some aspects of this story, mainly the explanation of the black biological substance they encounter and what it was intended for, but other aspects were disappointing. The alien race our human protagonists come to meet turn out to be just as uninteresting as most of the human characters in the movie. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are pretty good, but the rest of the cast (save for maybe Idris Elba) are fairly dull. And what’s with Guy Pearce being buried in some of the most unconvincing makeup I’ve ever seen?
Basically there are some good moments, nice visuals, and a few good ideas, but it all seems so typical that it’s hard to muster much excitement about the movie. And yes, I agree with anybody that was yelling, “just run to the side!”
Good review. Scott clearly pays attention to the look of this movie, but definitely not towards the characters or even developing them.