Prometheus ★★½

Ridley Scott's grandiose sci-fi creation myth might get a second wind from Alien: Covenant later this week, but the first run stutters and stalls, thanks to an obfuscated script by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. The dialogue is awful, the plot is needlessly convoluted and it all serves to bury the thematic intelligence in a film that no one has much fun going back to inspect closer. Let's be honest - it's not the worst Alien film, but Michael Fassbender is just about the only reason I'm on board for the imminent sequel's also foolishly named vessel.

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