Posted on 6/11/12 05:49 AM
If you are able to look past a lot of scrappy dialogue, unexplained or unexplainable plot points, predictable sequences (with predictable characters) and a wide array of unlikeable characters, there's a gem that still manages to sparkle and intrigue. Often exciting, visually interesting (to say the least) and with a strong lead that you follow through a horrific set of events, there is much to like like about this movie, it's just a little hard to see.
Themes such as meaning of life, or the importance in the belief of a religion aren't explored to any length. Instead just mentioned and hinted at, being as neutral as possible. Some may think of this as an artistic choice, or that it is showing both sides of the 'argument' (e.g it is important/unimportant to know why we (humans) were created) but it doesn't succeed in either. It just says, and quite audaciously to those paying any attention, that these are what the film is about or to a lesser extent, a characters unexplained thought on the matter. But little to nothing else. On a side note, I thought it disappointing when the man who engaged the entire interplanetary expeditions motives for attempting to discover the origin of man, the meaning of existence etc. was doing it only, and purely so he could live forever. A kick in the guts to those who expected something a bit more intelligent, insightful or philosophical about such a global subject.