Was it a prequel? A sequel? An hommage? A tribute? A reboot? Personally, I would say that it was a reboot to 'Alien' but who cares? The damned thing was visually impressive with some awesome directing by Ridley Scott and a very strong cast. Personally, I couldn't choose between Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron who gave the best performance, they were all very good. Still, even though the story was definitely entertaining, it was still nothing ground-breaking like I was hoping for. Indeed, I always have some high expections from the movies directed by Ridley Scott but, even though they are all well made and a feast for the eye, the plot is usually kind of weak and this movie was not an exception. First of all, it was way too similar to 'Alien'. Secondly, Scott tried to go all metaphysical but he didn't quite pull it off. I mean, he is a fine director but he never gets to the depth reached by some directors such as Stanley Kubrick or Terrence Malick. Finally, even though the first half was tight and gripping, the second half was honestly pretty messy with some major plot holes ( why does David infects Charlie?!? Even worse Shaw manages to get rid off of the embryo at some point during an awesome sequence but, after that, she gets back in the team as if nothing happened before...). To conclude, I did like this movie but it was a typical Scott feature (some awesome craftmanship displayed but, at the end of the day, nothing really challenging) still, it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.
PS: Eventually, I re-watched this movie a few years later and, to be hones, the end-result was even more disappointing the 2nd time around.
PSS : Five years later, Ridley Scott would come up with another sequel called ‘Alien: Covenant’ which was even more underwhelming and, even worse, all the new ideas introduced in this movie were basically pretty much thrown out of the window which was just so lame in my opinion.