Critic Review - New York Daily News

What resonates in Scott's graceful, grownup, pristine film is its majestic mind.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (2)
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Dwayne Strickland II

Dwayne Strickland II

Again. What? This movie was TERRIBLE! I hate that pure nostalgia and Ridley Scott's patented visual effects that give a nod to his great Alien franchise will invoke so many people to pretend that this was a good movie! Take away the glitz, glamour, and HYPE and this is a B movie barely deserving to appear on the Sci-fi channel. Someone should tell Mr. Scott that he's not making a motion painting where visuals are all that matter but that he's making a movie that needs something resembling a story... They fly half a billion miles and spend a trillion dollars because they found some cave drawings that seem to match a distant solar system? (Okay, heck of a leap already but it's a movie I'll let it go) Then, they make a RANDOM assumption that they are our creators and when asked why, she literally shrugs and says "because that's what I believe". THAT'S WHAT FUELS THE WHOLE FREAKING STORY! Leading the biggest expedition in the history of mankind based on nothing more than one woman's whim? Okay. Fine. Movie could still redeem itself. Except it proposes all these questions and NEVER answer any of them. It gets to the aliens, which one would think would be the redeeming part considering it's Ridley Scott, but instead you are left confused... There's a worm like creature that turns the guy into zombie... a little egg that begins to turn a guy into an alien called the Engineer (I think, not really explained), who has sex with a girl giving birth to a squid... a squid that becomes a gigantic version that subdues another engineer alien with the classic alien face-hugger method... which gives birth to the classic alien at the end of the movie. Sound stupid? It's because it is stupid. So please explain to me how this was a good movie beyond mere hype and nostalgia? Please?

Jun 7 - 04:11 PM

John Alexander

John Alexander

TL;DR

Jun 7 - 04:15 PM

SolarisDeschain

Andrew Cook

Hey dumbass, stop copy and pasting the same stupid whiny long-winded message that nobody cares to read.

Jun 7 - 04:38 PM

John Festle

John Festle

amen brother lol

Jun 8 - 01:07 AM

James Heywood

James Heywood

Um... yeah the worm didn't zombiefy him but sure.
He wasn't turning into an Engineer, but sure.

The story was about creationism, what do the things you've described as being wrong with the film have to do with that? (Aside from Shaw birthing the proto-facehugger squid).

Jun 7 - 05:14 PM

Dave Sandford

Dave Sandford

copy and pasting.....hmph

Jun 7 - 06:58 PM

A.Lee

A Williams

Do you know what a "Spoiler Alert" is?

Jun 7 - 07:08 PM

JC Martel

JC Martel

Maybe George Lucas wrote the script. Are there any little kids in it?

Jun 8 - 12:05 AM

John Festle

John Festle

Dude we get it you didn't like the movie, stop spamming the same comment everywhere. What I found cool about it was the cycle of life,creationism, and death throughout the entire movie, with basically everything you said that spoiled it. While you think it was stupid others found it to be extremely smart and clever. So while everyone is entitled to an opinion, yours is spammed all over the comment boards so please gtfo its annoying.

Jun 8 - 01:21 AM

Ress Cor

Ress Cor

I really can't wait to see this movie, I got tickets to the Midnight show and I know it will be awesome. As for the negative comments, who cares? People like and don't like all sort of things, that's why we are human, we have different opinions about everything! I say that's fine, so if you liked it or don't like, that's great! That's life for you folks!

Jun 7 - 07:54 PM

JC Martel

JC Martel

Maybe George Lucas wrote the script. Are there any kids in it?

Jun 8 - 12:05 AM

Sang-Bum Park

Sang-Bum Park

Yeah! Extraterrestrial humanoids, breathtaking pacing, tough-talking crews and their mercenary motives.. It's full of reminiscences of the great movie, Alien (1979).

Jun 11 - 06:40 PM

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