Academy Award® Nominee
A team of explorers discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the... View more >
sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language
Starring Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce... View more >
Academy Award® nominee for:
* Visual Effects
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Hello, Hello, Hello this is your favorite movie critic siskel ebertson here to report on this freshly released, highly anticipated addition to the Alien series. Most of you reading this probably aren't old enough to have seen the original Alien in the theater and guess what neither was I (well, mom didn't think so) but I did watch it on tv back in the seventies before the days of video rentals.
For the longest time I was hoping they would do a prequel to Alien so we find out how the aliens came to be on the crashed spaceship and how the ship crashed and so on. I've been like a kid waiting for Chrismas morning ever since the Promethius adds have started running. So today (release day) I ran to the theater to see the movie that would hopefully answer all of my Alien questions.
I was disappointed almost immediately. Some of the casting choices were off... Theron's character acted more the part of an android than the one who was supposed to be the android. And why oh why do they try to make young people look old with poorly done makeup jobs just use old people to play old people. However, I will say that the special effects were fantastic ie the spaceships, the little floating mapping droids and other visual effects but it still goes back to the story. You can dress a story up with all kinds of effects but if the the story stinks nothing's going to help it.
The old story of science clashing with religion is thrown out the window here because one of the lead scientists is wearing her fathers cross and there's a little bit of a religious vibe going on with her but she gets sorely dissappointed in the end... I thought the story line of this movie would go in a completely different direction than it did.
I would say this movie is on par with the original Alien and better than most of the sequels like alien resurrection or alien vs predator but could've been way better. If you have money to burn go see it but if you're on a tight budget it wouldn't hurt to wait for the rental.
Until next time this is siskel ebertson signing off.
A little long at times, but lots of action.