Visually ambitious and thematically intriguing, but ultimately it's Prometheus all over again. Instead of the nonsensical Engineers, we get a totally incomprehensible alien life form at least – which is a good thing – but why oh why do we have to have the same idiotic team of "scientists"? The film could be brilliant (and several scene really are, both in terms of atmosphere and creepiness), but it's weighed down heavily by a premise and characters that simply don't make much sense.
Linklater has done it again.
I must confess, after Dazed & Confused (which is my own favourite movie of all time), i was more than a little sceptical that this – or any movie – could be a worthy successor, especially after the disappointing Boyhood. But i was pleasently surprised at what i saw unfold in front of my eyes.
No, it’s not the best movie ever made, but it’s a darn good slice-of-life film.