The Alien movie franchise started out as great, but then degenerated into trainwrecks with Alien 3 and its succeeding sequels. Alien will always be considered as a hallmark and ground-breaking film in the science-fiction genre, so when that first film's director, Ridley Scott, announced that he'll be doing the prequel titled Prometheus, everyone got excited.
Did the movie live up to expectations? For me, it was yes and no. One thing about Ridley Scott, he sure knows how to make stunning visuals, and Prometheus is filled with them, with awesome shots of the spaceship and sweeping landscapes of the moon LV-223, all in glorious 3D.
Unfortunately, that's where the awesomeness ends, as the movie is saddled by a terribly-written script, with idiotic characters who mostly reinforce the film's numerous and glaring plot holes.
For instance, if the Weyland Corporation was able to construct a gazillion-dollar space vessel, why couldn't they have hired a much better crew? All they got were a bunch of morons who seemed like they were just pulled off the streets.
And if you're one of the crew who's landed on a strange alien world, why would you remove your helmet even though your devices state that the air is breathable? Whatever happened to safety protocols? Worst of all, why the hell would you even attempt to touch a disgusting-looking alien life-form?
The list goes on, from the wussy lead character who was up and running about just seconds after undergoing a gruesome ceasarian section, to the tough-as-nails head of the expedition who can't even run sideways--if a huge rolling thingy is right behind you, why the fuck would you keep running forward? Run off to the side, dumbass!
Prometheus' only saving grace is David the android, who is creepy as hell and seems to know exactly what is going on. David also successfully proves the trope about androids in Alien films, that sooner or later they get dismembered or leak that icky white fluid from their mouths, LOL.
As for the aliens depicted in the movie, the enigmatic Engineers, they remain as mysterious as ever, their motives unknown. And no Alien movie would be complete without the familiar xenomorphs and their face-huggers, and they do make an appearance here, or rather their early incarnations.
Overall, I thought Prometheus was okay, and there should be a very good movie somewhere in there, but it was lost due to the stupid things done by the characters. It's hinted that a sequel is in the works, but hopefully it's a better written one. And after watching this, I will never, ever eat squid again.