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Alien universe he helped create in 1979 is good without ever fulfilling its promise to be great. The film, co-written by “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof, is so fueled by mystery that you may want to avoid the Internet and this review until you’ve seen it. Even with series tropes like androids, corporate shenanigans and body horror, Prometheus is not quite the Alien prequel fans may be expecting/hoping for (the series’s tropes, but the feature is one of the most thought-provoking, recent science fiction films to be released by a major studio. The origins of human life are, if not explained, forever altered as a group of scientists, including Noomi Rapace (Sweden’s Lisbeth Salander), Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, encounter a species of extraterrestrials they call the Engineers, but something more deadly also lurks on moon LV-223. Big ideas meet big production values, and the result is an intelligent first two acts of epic science fiction that call to mind 2001 as much as Alien. However, the untidy final act fails to tie events together in a satisfying way for fans of either Prometheus or Alien. ]]>

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