This movie irked me so much that I broke my two-year habit of not writing movie reviews anymore.
Billed as a sci-fi adventure on an epic scale, it was actually just a slasher movie dressed up in big-budget sci-fi clothes.
The film reportedly cost about $140 million to make, and it looked that expensive. The sets were amazing, the star ship was immense and finely detailed — far too immense for a crew of 17 people if you ask me, but still it was impressive. Thanks to modern special effects, this didn’t look like a movie, it looked like the real thing; like you were watching through a clean window as people ventured through space to another planet.
And the acting was well done. I would expect nothing less with a cast including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba.
But it was still just a slasher film, in the guise of an epic sci-fi story.
!! Spoiler Alert !!
After an amazing archeological find on Earth, scientists travel to another planet to (hopefully) meet the race of beings that created humanity. Instead, they’re methodically killed by octopus/lizard things (and in one guy’s case, an apparent virus or disease). Only one woman (who’s survived a Caesarian with an alien) and a decapitated robot survive in the end, attempting to fly an alien ship to yet another planet in hopes of gaining answers.
I know some viewers love slasher films, but I think they’re pointless. Had I known that’s what this was, I would’ve skipped this movie. Thank goodness it was from Netflix and we didn’t pay $20 to see it in the theater.
Big disappointment from Ridley Scott, who’s made amazing movies like Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, and Black Hawk Down.
(for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language)
Length: 124 min. (2:04)
Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: adventure / mystery / sci-fi
My Rating: 4 of 10
Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace