For years now we have all been excited by the idea of Ridley Scott coming home to the Alien franchise and giving us a prequel and I was on board with it, but at the same time I was being cautious about it. After all, what was the last good Ridley Scott movie? And what was the last good Alien movie? This really could have been a return to glory for both of them or it could be the accumulation of a stream of bad ideas. And in the end its not a return to glory, but its a lot closer than its not.
Now throughout the beginning of this movie I won't lie, I was sweating bullets because it was a good half hour before I started to get interested in anything. I didn't really care for any of the characters, I didn't really feel anything coming from them, and there wasn't that sense of tension and grittyness that the original Alien gave me. However as it started to go along it slowly built up that tension, and I slowly did start to care for a few of the characters. Granted the vast majority of the characters are still just one sided characters there to die, but that's how it was in the first Alien too and it didn't bother me there. Granted that was a horror film and in horror films the monster is always the star, so I do feel like I needed deeper characters here, but they still gave me just enough to give it a pass on that.
But even with the film slowly building up, I still just didn't quite feel like I was enjoying this as much as I'd wanted to, like it was leaving me cold. But then it slowly dawned on me that the reason for this was because Alien was a horror film with sci-fi elements, and I went into this film expecting that again, but this movie isn't trying to give you that. This movie isn't a horror film with sci-fi elements, it's a sci-fi film with horror elements. And once I realized the equation they were going for I really started to enjoy it. In fact the big climactic moment at the end I was totally on board for and was loving every moment of it and was fully prepared to give this movie a four out of five stars.
However, you might notice I am not giving it that, and the reason why is because after that big scene is all over, there is one more final scene, not at the end of the credits, just right there at the end of the movie, there is a final scene that left me sitting there going, "...What was that?" Not because it made no sense (although I know a few people will argue that) but because suddenly it raises these questions, and I don't mean questions like "Oh I wonder what they'll do in the sequels to explain this," I mean that as in a "Wait, but if this happens, then this other thing makes no sense, and then what the heck was this thing they kept talking about?" And after thinking about it enough there is an explanation to most of the questions it left me with, but even then it still seemed very tacked on and like it was just there for fan-service. So I have to take half a point off just for leaving that bad taste in my mouth, but this is still a very good science fiction film as long as you know what to expect.