Reviewed byPaynebynameVote: 8/10/10
Just got back from seeing this and I have to say that I thought it wasa really good film.
I see that RT only has it at 65% and it's being made out to be a cheapAlien clone but I think that is doing it a dis-service. I felt it wasintelligently made, set characters and situations well and created apalpable sense of tension. Criticism that it's a blatant re-run ofAlien are unjustified. Granted, it's about an alien life form in spacebut that to me is where the similarity ends.
Alien isn't the only scary film set in space that is allowed to be madeand if Prometheus is anything to go by, Ridley has no right to be theonly person allowed to make sci-fi horror films. It captured well theexcitement of discovery, the wonder of space and the precariousness offacing any problems up there.
The effects were good, you could see what was going on, there wasunease and dread and it kept me thoroughly absorbed and entertained. Idon't want to elaborate anymore for fear of giving away spoilers but ifyou like a bit of tension with your sci-fi, it's worth checking out.Try to avoid the critic reviews if you can as I think going in a littleblind will help your enjoyment.
Reviewed bysaittham71Vote: 4/10/10
If you want to experience what the world's most stupid space crew woulddo when they encounter alien life, then this is the movie for you. Youwill be spoiled with one idiotic decision after the other, making youwonder if the alien life-form also has telepathic powers, using it todumb down it's prey.
At the start of the movie the crew is besides themselves with joy whenthey manage to reanimate a single alien cell that has been dead forbillions of years. Even when it starts to replicate and grow very fast,none of them feels any sense of possible danger.
After the alien life-form attacks the scientist, there still seems tobe no hurry to just shoot the lab into space. After all, it's justmankind's future that is at stake. No, the most important thing is tosave the scientist. This crew would have benefited from a sociopath intheir midst or a protocol obsessed captain. That would have saved themmany times.
To make matters worse, a huge chunk of the dialogue is redundant. Yousee that the creature has grown, then somebody says "Wow, it hasgrown". You see the alien make a fast escape, somebody says "Wow, it isfast". You see the alien being smart, you hear someone say "How smartis this thing?". You see the alien look for air holes, you hear someonesay "It is looking for air holes" you get the picture. Who on earthwould write a script like that and not notice the stupendousredundancy?
The movie does have some great tense and gory moments that work well.There just is not enough of them to make it work as a good horrormovie. The alien itself starts out very realistic, but looksincreasingly CGI during the movie and the many close-ups don't help. Itlooks too surreal to be threatening.
All in all, it was a huge disappointment to me. With a star cast likethat, you would expect more than just a very bland space thriller.
Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.