"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Meh.   We saw it last night.   I was expecting a lot more from Ridley Scott.   But, mostly, I keep expecting some movie maker to acknowledge some basics of physics, biology, and even pyschology.   Are we really supposed to believe that, after a trillion dollar investment in their spacecraft (this is what the screenplay says) and a multi-year voyage, the space explorers will just blithely enter the atmosphere of the alien planet looking for a suitable landing place -- with no reconnaissance!?  Are they nuts?   And then, are we really to believe that they will simply enter the alien structure and start down the dark hallways without anyone arguing that maybe we ought to send unmanned drones into the facility first?   Haven't they ever seen horror movies?   And that, determining that the atmosphere is OK, that they will just all take their helmets off (without ever thinking that there might be airborne micro-organisms)?   And then, are we really to believe that, having discovered some strange alien being's corpse, that they would just bring it back to the ship and start doing experiments on it?   And that, with two crew members lost in the alien structure during a vicious storm and with "life forms" identified by remote sensors that appear to be stalking them, that the Captains of the main spacecraft would choose that moment to start flirting and decide that now would be a good time to have sex?  

A lot of plot holes with a lot of semi-wasted beautiful CGI, IMHO.  

I do like Noomi Rapace, though.

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