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TL; DR-good, with an asterisk. 81%
Basics-You know this drill-spaceship, people mean monsters, aliens come out of people, more people die, some mystery robot, people die. This time is a group of colonists in the 2100’s who check out the mysterious signal, are attacked by different monsters, and then escape.
Story–This is the low point, but I can’t hate what’s here. Overall the story is a C. Its compelling, but has some choices happen that just shouldn’t and parts of the movies own logic just stopped happening. Find an alien plant? No helmets and touch everything! Some dude just shows up out of nowhere and is creepy as hell? He’s our new best bud-ALL THE TRUST! Facehuggers need less than 20 seconds to do their job now! Aliens mature in about the same amount of time! But, I followed what the laid out, saw the turns coming, but enjoyed the ride. It’s a rollercoaster, but maybe one I’ve either ridden too many times. You’ll enjoy what you see, but don’t think too much or your enjoyment will not survive the experience. 3.25/5
Acting– The people in this act well, but not perfectly. Overall all the characters are believable. There are a few moments where people do things like the new captain being mad people are mourning the death of some people early on due to some solar weather (not a spoiler, it’s two minutes into the movie), the seem to just be there to make him seem like a dick. The humans act smart enough but they fail some of the basic logic checks like let’s touch all the strange stuff without gloves or abandon our friends in a room to die! The heroes at least pass the smart test, so you feel they are moving in the right direction. 3.5/5
Cinematography–Film looks amazing. I like all the stuff they have to show with stunning visuals. The creatures look amazing, and even though you know jump scares are coming, you still jump. The creatures are mostly CGI, but it’s hard to tell, so I’ll take it. 4.5/5
Sound-This movie sounds amazing. The aliens sounds like they should. All the standard sounds come back in the right ways. The ships sounds like you’d think ships should. The environments sound right. Everything felt and sounded like it should. 5/5
Summary–I want to like this more, but I also kind of want to hate this more too. These movies explain the origins of the xenomorph. That’s not a surprise, but this is one of the reasons I really, really want to despise this movie. The logic of where the alien came from kind of falls apart. If they xenomorph is from around 2100, then how does predator, AvP, and anything else work? If preditors hunted aliens for centuries before the Aztec empire, how do they come from the future? What I’m seeing with this movie is what happened to the Star Wars fandom. The fans kept the idea going with comics, books, and games, but when popular culture comes back to it, those comics, books, and games are all abandoned. I don’t like the feeling I have of being abandoned by the people who make the stuff I like. But, I also want to like this more as now I’m getting more Alien movies! The movies is a strong OK. I get some great visuals and sound, ok acting, and a story that kind of works. But the ultimate question is this-When the next sequel comes out, will I go? And the answer based on this movies is a yes. Here are my predictions: this movie was fan service in strange way. It answered plot holes from the original. Now, the next movie will fix plot holes in this one, while making fun new ones! It kind of feels like an expansion pack to a computer game that hot fixes issues the fans found. But, I’ll still go see it. It’s the next Alien movie! 81%