This is a movie that’s outstanding to watch, providing you don’t think. Because it just doesn’t make sense. On so many levels. But visually, it’s one of the best in years. It has phenomenal production values. It’s gloriously gory. So much a wow, it really doesn’t need the 3-D. It takes an hour before we see the first alien (hello!!) but once they show up, they’re as skeevy-scary as the ones in the predecessors.
The acting is game-worthy. Noomi Rapace is fiercer than “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and this time she gets to show some major emo. Her Siri-enacted surgery will have you gripping your seat.
The problem is the story, which centers on the premise that humans were created by a alien nation that , for some reason turned on us. All the “why’s” are apparently left for the next film . There’s so much that makes no sense: what causes a major character to suddenly fall acutely ill; how on earth Rapace’s character can stand much less run like a marathoner after surgery; why a scientist would try to befriend an alien when he’s surrounded by bodies of the previously fallen. That’s just the beginning.
Charlize’s sex scene with Idris Elba ends up on the cutting room floor and their story line is abruptly dropped. It’s not just “current” storlines gone missing, much of the back stories get lost. Perhaps because one of the two writers of “Prometheus” wrote much of the “Lost” tv series, and we know how much sense that show made.
Kudos to Ridley Scott for a stunning film. But all visuals do not a movie make. With so many unanswered questions, I get the feeling this film was just a set-up for the next one. I was left feeling cheated and disappointed. Despite the eye-gasm.