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"Mother, what is the meaning of life?"

  • Jun 9, 2012
So many have wondered this question and Ridley Scott has decided to try and take the characters in his latest movie on that quest to find where we come from and for good measure brings along his old friend the Alien for good measure.

Scott was the director of the original 1977 Alien film and few films are as awesome looking or as intense as that one.  While other directors took over for other films with different levels of success (or more accurately a sliding scale into a sewer) Scott has said he would be interested in making another "trip into space" and answer a question about the Aliens from his first film.

As the movie opens, we see that it is the later end of the 21st century with scientists discovering cave paintings that point to the sky and after some mapping we see the destination, a planet that is several years of space travel to reach.  Some scientists are on board to learn the discovery of where man comes from, some only want money and others have some more sinister motives.

Ridley Scott certainly does borrow enough elements from the original Alien and thats to be expected.  The flamethrowers, the bubbleheaded spacesuits, underwear only in the cryobeds, ship designs it's nice to see continuity between the movies.  Why everything in this movie looks much more swank and sleek is best explained by this being a state of the art ship used by the rich and the one in Alien as an older and more spartan civilian one.  My guess.

You'll notice that I didn't mention much about the Alien, and thats cause for the most part they end up being secondary almost as if Scott wants to kill two birds with one stone, he got this great sci-fi script and found a way to get his original creation involved.  Aliens do show up sure but they aren't quite the same, but don't forget the Alien only looks like what it has spawned from, so you get the Aliens but they will look a bit different.

The cast is great too.  Noomi Rapace is in charge of the scientists while holding onto her faith for answers.  She also gets the most awesome scene in the movie, one that involves a surgical bed.  Michael Fassbender is a crew member who looks on at the world with child like innocence and wonder and as he learns, we are learning with him and it's wonderful.  Charlize Theoron is Captain Ice Princess who really doesn't care much about one thing or another.  The rest of the crew are either extras or Alien chow, in fact one scene really only serves to clean house before the finale.

Is there anything WRONG with the movie?  Well it becomes apparent right away that things aren't kosher on board with the crew and if you've seen other Alien movies, it's sadly not a surprise.  Secondly you get the feeling that the Alien segments are there to spice up the movie and that cleaning house moment I mentioned above is certainly one of them.  I get the feeling that people wanting a only kill count and dead Aliens won't be happy.

People who wanted a freak out like the original Alien, forget it-you aren't getting one.  Scott did that perfectly the first time and other then some suspenseful squirm moments, there isn't much to scare you into vomiting out in the theater lobby like the original film.  This isn't an action movie either so you're hope of gun armed loading mechs and space marines is gone too I'm afraid.  This is far more like the original Alien where science and answers are the real things to take away and tools of the trade.  Not to mention a great, GREAT ending where we see the quest isn't over but that it is just beginning.  I can't spoil anything but I can see a branch off from this movie into another one where more answers are given with new questions and if we don't, well at least it's a great lead in to Alien to know what happened, or at least an idea.

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June 12, 2012
Great review man, I will be seeing this.
June 10, 2012
I liked the way Scott went to a more 'different and yet the same" approach. Curious if this will inspire a sequel.
June 09, 2012
Two greats, one capitalized. Splendid. You've got me intrigued about the ending, and about the rest of the movie. Well done.
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Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release Date: June 8, 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 124 minutes
Studio: Scott Free, Brandywine Productions, Dune Entertainment
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