NB: I have attempted to keep the opening paragraphs spoiler free. Comments which contain spoilers occur towards the end of the post, and are preceded by A VERY LARGE WARNING J
Having been actively avoiding reviews, comments and conversations about this film for the last couple of weeks, there was only one question to ask – epic, or epic fail?
Well. The opening 20 minutes were a real struggle due to a horrendously clunky script (it didn’t improve much later on tbh, but it was particularly painful during the plot exposition at the start).
I also found the last 20 minutes a tad tedious – it was blindingly obvious that the final scenes were actually going to provide the perfect stepping stone to The Sequel, and were thus a disappointment.
And in the middle was a mish-mash of body shock horror, science fiction action, holograms and existential soul searching. Oh, and an android.
The crux of the story seems to be a search for our biological ancestors, and how that ties in with the notion of god and faith. Blink, though, and you’ll miss it. A quick reference and a shallow script soon brushed this aside, leaving a whole lot of holes where the philosophising should have been.
Saving graces were some excellent individual performances – Michael Fassbender stole the show as the android with a questionable hidden agenda, and Idris Elba was great as the wise guy action hero captain of the spaceship. I was less convinced by Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, mainly because I didn’t understand their role in the plot.
On the whole, I’d say a disappointing 5 out of 10 – the eventual trilogy may prove to be the best sequence of films ever made, but much will have been sacrificed in this film if that turns out to be the case.
At this rate, I fear for Bladerunner 2 …
HERE BE SPOILERS …
I have never felt the need to post spoilers before, and in general I deplore it. But I was left with so many unanswered questions that I just have to pose some of them here, in the hope that someone can enlighten me on what I missed. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the film, but please feel free to comment if you have an inkling. Oh and by the way, these are only a few of my questions – they could go on for a lot longer – like the guys in the video below …
- Why did the first alien Engineer have to sacrifice himself at all? Why didn’t they send two and let them procreate?
- In fact, why weren’t there any female Engineers?
- What triggered the holograms?
- Why was Guy Pearce’s prosthetic make up so dreadful?
- Why was Charlize Theron even on the ship in the first place?
- If the alien DNA turned Fifield into – well, whatever it was, why did affect Holloway by producing little squirmy eye creatures, and why could it then impregnate and develop into an octopus-monster-baby inside Shaw in only a few hours?
- Why did David contaminate Holloway’s drink in the first place?
- Why did the Engineers want humans to visit their planet? Which when they got there, wasn’t their planet, but a place full of dangerous black goo? If they wanted to destroy humankind, why would they wait for a handful to land on the planet? Why wouldn’t they bring the black goo directly to Earth?
- What’s the connection between the black goo and the Engineers? Is it a bio-weapon, a lifeform, a prisoner?
- If the DNA match was 100%, shouldn’t they just be human, not white alien giants? Or, shouldn’t we be white alien giants?
- Why did the crew have no idea about the mission they were sent on? Why did they appear to have no training on how to respond when confronted by an alien planet/lifeform?