I really hope this is another Kingdom of Heaven and we get a directors cut down the line that fleshes things out. I dont think I have ever seen a movie with so many great elements, and a pile of dogshit for a script.
My 12 year old asks me after the movie....so why did the robot guy put the alien booger in that dudes drink? People have already listed the holes and flaws but in summary:
1. too many damn characters
2. Weyland family drama shoehorned in and poorly executed
3. pregnancy bit shoehorned in
4. two capable female leads, neither one is developed enough despite game efforts by the actresses.
5. Geology dude coming back as monster man.....WTF was that all about? did they just feel they needed an extra action scene? Or did the scriptwriter just need an excuse for the bulk of the characters to be occupied during the abortion scene (her saying cesearian has to be a choice by the suits to try to keep the religeous right from losing their shit and picketing the movie)
6. There is more, but all in all, it keeps circling around to the fact that the script was shit.
But despite all this, I still think this was a worthwhile film. The technical execution, the visuals, the performances, the ideas are all top notch. I was fascinated by David, Fassbender delivers a performance that assaults the entire idea of creation and meaning. Can he please be in the Blade Runner sequel??? Elba, Rapace and Theron are all strong in the movie despite the poor script.
Ridley's challenging take on creation was amazing. You have Weyland who created David as a tool to reach his own ends. You have the fact that David obviously has some type of internal life, despite his protests of not having one. His fascination, disgust, dissappointment, and truly horrific cutting wit all make speculating about what is going on with him internally a fascinating study. I also really enjoyed the idea that what if our creators are just like us? They do shit becuase they can, for their own self serving reasons. They have no regard and feel no responsibility toward their own creations. They muck about with biological weapons and using life as a weapon with no moral quandaries that we can see. It is a great mirror for us in that we are quickly reaching the point where we willl have this type of power to create and destroy life. Will there be a moral component to all of this? Should there be?
Anyway, as a lover of sci-fi, I will love this movie warts and all. I do want a sequel to it....I just hope they can keep lindeloff the hell away from it.