I went to see this prequel to the Alien franchise in the cinema, and tonight I finally had time to watch the movie without the distraction of the big 'silver screen'.
As a spacecraft departs a planet, a humanoid alien drinks an iridescent liquid then dissolves.
In 2089, archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a star map in Scotland
that matches others from several unconnected ancient cultures. They
interpret this as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the
"Engineers". Peter Weyland, the elderly CEO of Weyland Corporation,
funds an expedition to follow the map to the distant moon LV-223 aboard
the scientific vessel Prometheus.
The Prometheus lands on the barren, mountainous surface near a
large artificial structure, which a team explores. Inside they find
stone cylinders, a monolithic statue of a humanoid head, and the
decapitated corpse of a large alien, thought to be an Engineer. In the ship's lab, the Engineer's
DNA is found to match that of humans.
Inside the structure, a snake-like creature kills Millburn, and
sprays a corrosive fluid that melts Fifield's helmet. Fifield falls
face-first into a puddle of dark liquid.
When the crew return, they find
Millburn's corpse. David separately discovers a control room containing
a surviving Engineer in stasis, and a star map highlighting Earth.
Meanwhile, Holloway sickens rapidly. He is rushed back to Prometheus,
but Vickers refuses to let him aboard, and at his urging, burns him to
death with a flamethrower. Later, a medical scan reveals that Shaw,
despite being sterile,
is pregnant. Fearing the worst, she uses an automated surgery table to
extract a squid-like creature from her abdomen.
A monstrous, mutated Fifield attacks the Prometheus's hangar bay and kills several crew members before he is killed. David
wakes the Engineer from stasis and speaks to him in an attempt to
explain what Weyland wants. The Engineer responds by decapitating David
and killing Weyland and his team, before reactivating the spacecraft.
Shaw flees and warns Janek that the Engineer is planning to release the
liquid on Earth, convincing him to stop the spacecraft. Janek ejects the
lifeboat and rams Prometheus into the alien craft, while Vickers
flees in an escape pod.
Shaw goes to the lifeboat and
finds her alien offspring is alive and has grown to gigantic size.
David's still-active head warns Shaw that the Engineer has survived. The
Engineer forces open the lifeboat's airlock and attacks Shaw, who
releases her alien offspring onto the Engineer; it thrusts an ovipositor
down the Engineer's throat, subduing him. Shaw recovers David's
remains, and with his help, launches another Engineer spacecraft. She
intends to reach the Engineers' homeworld in an attempt to understand
why they wanted to destroy humanity.
In the lifeboat, an alien creature bursts out of the Engineer's chest.
It might not be as good as Alien or Aliens, it definitly beats movies 3 and 4, not to mention that "vs Predator" stuff.
Rapace, Theron, Pearce, Fassbender, Elba... all top rate actors, that have really performed greatly and lift the movie to a high level.
On the downside though, the film has continuation issues, though being part 1 of 3 those might be resolved or evolved in future instalments though. The Xenomorph for one looks really different, but on the other hand, a back story for the "Space Jockey", or Engineers as they are called, is rather cool.
Overal, this film is worth watching if you love the franchise, and I enjoyed it more then in the cinema as you can `watch` it better at home without being overwhelmed by visual effects, or dark scenes in the cinema being to dark (something for example Pacific Rim suffered from greatly).
Rating: 6.5 / 10
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