I have been waiting and waiting for this movie. With every trailer and sneak peek I grew more and more excited to return to the Ridley Scott sci-fi universe.
In a hurried drive I sped to a local theater to catch an afternoon showing. Squeezing it in among a very busy weekend. The previews play (for 15 minutes I think!) the lights dim and the movie starts.
Slowly the film starts to take shape. A brief scene to set the stage and a couple of info dumps later we get to our destination and almost immediately we find out why Scott continually said this was "sort of" a prequel to Alien
. I'm not giving too much away to reveal to you all that what transpires in the film does NOT take place on LV-426. So it does NOT tell the story of the mysterious ship and it's "jockey".
It DOES tell a story about a similar planet and a similar ship and a similar creature and...well..it's similar. Which makes the thing incredibly annoying! If this isn't the same planet/ship/alien, then why the heck does Scott smack us in the face over and over with "hints" of that movie? We get to see primordial face-huggers, we get to see the pilot seat with pilot, we get to see the ship, a robot gets himself ripped apart and looks amazing similar to Ash after he got whacked. Flame throwers! They had flamethrowers!
Over and over scenes and moments that harken to Alien
as if to say, "See that! Now you know what/where/who that was! Cool huh?" Except that is ISN'T what/where/who! It's a completely different what/where/who!
It doesn't bother me that it is different or similar. I really get the feeling that the entire beginning and middle of the film was written to be the same planet and alien and then at the last minute as they are filming the climactic 3rd act someone said.. "Wait a minute! If we do it THIS way we can have a sequel!" and THAT is what annoys me. Ridley Scott had a chance to go back and set the record straight and remind us all what was so damn cool about Alien
and instead we wind up with a film that would more at home next to Alien vs Predator
C minus. Skip the theater and catch it on Netflix.