Ryom wrote:Bottom line... worth watching once?
No. Good cinematography, but absolutely crap for plot, coherency, or anything else. If you occasionally like looking at pretty pictures, better slideshows exist for free online.
*mild spoilers ahead, if this movie can actually be spoiled*
No lead-up for anything. There isn't any groundwork, foreshadowing, or any of those other standard storytelling devices. You just get people saying or screaming things for no reason.
Things don't go anywhere. That whole religion motif? Entirely pointless. The sibling rivalry? Also pretty pointless.
Magic black goo. There's no consistent rationale for the stuff whatsoever. It literally goes from a lethal toxin to creating all life on earth in about a second. It also apparently makes things change or...stuff. Zombies. Alien babies. I have no idea. Regardless, everything plot related is the fault of the black goo that never has the same effect twice.
The initial premise is stupid. It's needlessly complex to go to every civilization on earth and teach them about the planet in order to get us to go there a few thousand years later. I'd forgive this if it were only a brief illogical premise to get things started, but they revisit it occasionally, even though nothing whatsoever is gained from it.
Everyone acts insane. All the time. Seriously, a biologist goes from running and screaming at shadows to petting a huge, fanged penis-monster in about two seconds. The protagonist punches out the crew to get into the med-pod, then, a couple of minutes later, she joins an expedition to the place of obvious badness she was JUST saying they were wrong to go to. The expedition has some of the people she JUST punched out on it. They're all suddenly amnesiacs, apparently.
The whole Ridley Scott "it's not a prequel" thing is kind of subverted by the alien at the end. It's kind of obviously intended to be the beginning of the Alien series, which just makes all the incongruousness frustrating.
This is actually solidly established from Aliens. The type of readout is clearly a reference to that movie, and thus, we know the expected behavior of the readout when people die. There's no trouble in that movie establishing death at a distance due to signal.
In addition, the livejournal interpretation is seriously lacking in some respects. We caused the cataclysm on the alien world? How? Did we have space travel then? Did it magically just happen? I'll grant that there's some symbolism in the movie, but symbolism is not an acceptable substitute for a plot where things make sense.