- Run Time
- 2 hours and 4 minutes
VP Content Ratings
- Sex & Nudity
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Sort of a prequel to the Alien films, Ridley Scot’s film involves an earlier 17 member space ship crew sent on an interstellar voyage so long that most of the crew is placed in suspended animation until their arrival at their des tination. During the more than 2-year trip they are watched over by an android named David (Michael Fassbinder) Their mission is to discover the origins of humans. Are we related to species from other worlds who visited our planet eons ago?
Plenty of gore for horror fans after they discover a huge alien ship with humanoid aliens waiting to be awakened from their own suspended animation. And they are definitely NOT friendly, the crew struggling to save not only themselves, but also humankind itself. Great special effects and an intriguing premise that Christians will question. One of the crewmembers, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) wears a cross around her neck and believes life ultimately had a divine origin. Her boyfriend, Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), disagrees.
Charlize Theron plays the icy by the rules boss Meredith Vickers, more concerned with the policy and profits of her employer Weyland Industries than the crew. Peter Weyland addresses the crew via a TV monitor, “To those of you who know me: you will be aware by now that my ambition is unlimited. You know that I will settle for nothing short of greatness, or I will die trying. To those of you who do not yet know me: allow me to introduce myself. My name is Peter Weyland, and if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to change the world.” Elizabeth Shaw might not be as athletic as Sigourney Weaver, but she is still a great heroine—smart, resourceful, and persevering. Her putting herself through a caesarian operation after being impregnated by an alien is a nail-biting episode. The big ideas at the center of the film come close to being overwhelmed by the gore, but the filmmakers had to at least partially fulfill the expectations of the hordes of Alien fans. Those whose sci-fi preferences are closer to 2001: Space Odyssey will find much to like in this film.
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