Ridley Scott

"Alien: Covenant" sacrifices freak show theatrics for fan service, isn't as good as underrated "Prometheus"

"Alien: Covenant" sacrifices freak show theatrics for fan service, isn't as good as underrated "Prometheus"

Like Mary Shelley’s famous man-made monster, 2012’s “Prometheus” wasn’t so much bad as it was misunderstood. The greatest sin of Ridley Scott’s return to the “Alien” franchise after so many decades away was that its reach exceeded its grasp: A fairly bare bones script made all the more unique and intriguing by astonishing and horrific visuals, “Prometheus” was a hundred million dollar studio picture given the unenviable task of balancing sci-fi action with heady questions about free will, morality and faith.

Say what you will about “Prometheus” few major motion pictures open with a large muscular alien drinking black goop then disintegrating in agony—“2001: A Space Odyssey,” eat...

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