I think it does a nice job of at least explaining how the Xenomorphs came to be. Plus from the original Alien, I always wondered what the giant Alien ship was that sent the distress beacon in the first place. The wrecked ship was exactly the same horseshoe style that was found in Prometheus. The long dead alien corpse they found with its chest burst right before the Xenomorph egg discovery was the same alien as the Engineers in Prometheus.
While the plot is certainly different, I still see it as a prequel. Perhaps not a direct pre-quel but it certainly does precede the time of the original movie and does have some connections.
Regardless, I really enjoyed the movie and love thinking about all the questions the film leaves behind. The religious undertones were very interesting, in fact, were probably the best part of the movie.
Go see it in IMAX 3D for all those who have not seen it yet, the experience was fantastic
I didn't see a Xenomorph in this film. The closest I saw was a "proto-Xenomorph" that didn't have the same lifecycle nor did it look very much like any of the Xenomorphs previously. The distress beacon was a warning beacon (Ash decoded it while the Nostromo was on the surface, if I remember) but we do not see any remains of the Prometheus in the first movie, nor do they visit the same area of the planet. The derelict ship from Alien is the same style but not the same ship (it is a different wrecked ship). The "Space Jockey" was an Engineer but we did not see his death, we did not see what burst from his chest, in fact there were no chest-busters or face-huggers at all in this film. And nothing that resembled them, either. We did not see what laid all those eggs or why that ship (seen in Alien) crashed.
I will agree that it does take place before Alien and that it is in the same universe. Maybe, if other films are made that take place after Prometheus but before Alien, we'll see what evolves the creatures that we are introduced to in the film into eggs, face-huggers, chest-busters, finally the Xenomorph proper (that always takes part of its form from the host). Was it natural evolution of their expedited life cycle? Was it inter-breeding? Was it genetic engineering? If so, by who and for what purpose? But, for this film the creatures and the proto-Xenomorph were not plot points important to the film. Therefore, not a direct prequel, IMO.
Perhaps there was confusion from what I meant but you seem to be responding to a few things that I did not say. I never said anything about them finding Prometheus on LV-426... If anything, I think you may be slightly confused because you said "nor do they visit the same area of the planet." Prometheus took place on LV-223 and Alien took place on LV-426, these are two different planets/moons. I did not say that the wrecked Engineer ship found on LV-426 was the same one from Prometheus, I just said it was the same style of ship. I was also saying the dead unknown alien in the first movie was the same as the Engineers in Prometheus, meaning they are the same alien race (although looking back at how I typed that, I can see how it was unclear).
Did we see the same film? lol. You say there is nothing that resembles face huggers, chest bursters, or Xenomorphs? We clearly saw similarities to all of that within the film (different than in Alien but similar enough). What we know about the black goo is that it can create life and bring about death. The black goo reacts differently with different people and creatures (which is why the creatures are different from Alien). Is the creature at the end of Prometheus some sort of evolutionary link to the Xenomorphs in the original Alien? Maybe, maybe not but its irrelevant because we see how these types of creatures are created and where they come from...black goo stuff.
Again, I don't think this is any sort of direct prequel (it's clearly not) but it certainly has tie-ins and connections with the original film that are very interesting.
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I went to see it over the weekend. While I thought it was a pretty good film I couldn’t help but feel a “little” disappointed. This is probably because Ridley’s body of work has set the bar so high. I feel like there is more to this story…maybe there will be more to come.
Director Ridley Scott hasn’t had a fresh idea in the 33 years since the movie “Alien.” Not one! This movie is a stale rehash in the Alien saga without even the redeeming feature of Sigourney Weaver in a cut-off T-shirt and panties. Fancy special effects, but you can’t escape the feeling of “not again – I’ve seen this before!”
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