(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve seen all of the Alien movies to date, though the only Predator movie I’ve seen is Alien VS. Predator.
While I did find this movie entertaining to watch, I did feel like the characters made one bad decision after the other. It wasn’t very clear how the crew had been chosen for the mission. If any of them were scientists or doctors… and if any of them were, the decision to go onto an unknown planet with no protective gear, no matter how breathable the air supposedly is, was an insanely stupid idea.
I felt only a handful of the characters were really developed a lot. There were some relationships, but as the majority of them weren’t really shown, it was hard to care when people began dying. I spent most of the movie just waiting for each person to die.
Ironically, the characters I felt were developed the most weren’t even human – Walter and David. It was good to see their almost human reactions and interactions, though I definitely preferred Walter over David. It was a mark of how good an actor Michael Fassbender is that he could play two totally different characters.
A lot of this movie was visually dark, which made it hard at times to see what was going on. And there were some motivations that didn’t make a whole lot of sense, even by the end of the movie.
While there was a lot of gore in this film, it wasn’t until the end that the iconic Alien actually put in an appearance. There were, however, quite a few other iconic scenes, such as the face-hugger and creature bursting out of someone’s chest.
This movie was entertaining to watch, but I didn’t particularly care about the fate of a lot of the characters. And I also picked up on certain things long before they happened. I felt the fact the other characters didn’t made them come across as quite inept.
All told, I wouldn’t watch this movie again…but if you’re a fan of the Alien franchise, you probably do want to see this.