I tried going in on this film’s own terms, but the script isn’t hot and the characters, although not as bad as in Prometheus, are still too ridiculously dumb proportional to the responsibilities they have (they’re caretakers to 2,000 colonists and over a thousand embryos). Also the fan service is embarrassing. It’s distracting enough that the score lifts from both Alien and Prometheus wholesale, but you also have a main character playing the theme song to the previous movie on a musical instrument too.
I could almost get past the completely underwhelming new origins behind the alien, they were never going to achieve anything that could do justice to the sense of mystery that was so crucial to the horror of the first film, but when you’re a franchise that owes so much to someone like Giger, you really should step up your art design and the Engineer necropolis just looked uninspiring and bland.
It’s occasionally beautiful and occasionally mean but the rest is filmed like a pig and its cynicism just tanked it for me. It’s a pointless brand revival and it wasn’t nearly gothic enough (or had enough Jurassic Park vibes) to make up for it.
I did find it amusing that they pull an Alien³ on James Franco. Also how gratuitous the shower scene was.