Svitska Donkun wrote:The problem with Weyland is that they treat him like a twist plot point. HE WAS ON THE SHIP THE WHOLE TIME?!?!?! So? Why keep it a secret. Why wouldn't an old man doing a last ditch attempt to save himself be on the ship? Why is Theron's character being his daughter a plot point? Why is it in the movie? Aside from whatever idiotic creator/created theme they thought they were emphasizing, it does nothing. It doesn't make her any less of a 2D hard ***** caricature and doesn't make his "surprise" inclusion any less cheap and nonsensical.
The twist is ruined because there's a brief scene where David is somehow receiving orders from Weyland in hypersleep. Then the bitchy Theron character confronts him. It's pretty obvious what's going on but when the old guy shows up it tries to be this big moment. Plus the makeup was horrible. He looked like one of the old guys from Jackass.
Then there's the simple issue of the aliens and the presentation of them. The alien sacrifices itself and starts existence on Earth. Cool. Good scene. But why show the mother ship fly away? Did they decide to go away and wait many many million years then come back when man finally came about? Is the film trying to say that evolution actually didn't happen at all? Then what are dinosaurs? Were they already dead then the aliens showed up? Did they only create us? Then why do all life on Earth have the same base pairs? If the aliens did leave when he threw himself in, why are the cave paintings there in the first place? If they didn't leave, my make a point of showing it leave? Why does this alien after being awoken immediately attack the humans like a big brute? It's an alien that has mastered space travel and the creation of life yet it still just attacks like any other creature. Fine, I'll buy that...
The proloque is unnecessary to me because it spoils the idea that they're basically us (except being 10 ft tall albino monsters). The scene where they crack open the Space Jockey helmet and test the DNA is a shock to the characters but we already know this so it doesn't really matter.