WARNING: LOTS OF SPOILERS.
Synopsis: Two archaeologists find some old drawings of an alien and a star map. They "choose to believe" that the aliens created human life. So they travel to the planet identified in the drawings. When they arrive at the planet, the members of the expedition all work against each other even though they all want the same thing. Each member then repeated does really stupid things until most of them are dead. The film ends before we see the final stupid decision actually kill the last surviving members.
Nothing the characters did made any sense:
> The robot without feelings falls in love with a woman.
> The robot then risks her life because he wants to preserve the parasite inside her. Why? No reason.
> The expedition is searching for life, but the biologist wants to return to the ship when they find a 2000 year old corpse.
> The geologist also wants to return to the ship rather than look at rocks.
> The geologist then gets lost despite being in charge of the mapping device.
> The top boss pays for the expedition, but pretends he's dead and hides on the ship. Why? No reason.
> The leader of the expedition refuses to cooperate with either the robot or the archaeologists - even though they all want the same thing.
> The alien tries to kill everyone, so the surviving characters decide to go to the alien's home planet to talk to them.
Another issue that kept annoying me was the inaccurate terminology used. There was no reason for it - it was just wrong. For example, at one point the archaeologists talk about abiogenesis and the biologist weirdly starts talking about evolution. Later on, a head exploded (like in Scanners) and the scientist says "Why did that head combust?". I don't expect screenwriters to have degrees, but they should at least look up words in the dictionary.
The CGI is good and the acting would be fine if the actors had been given something worthwhile to do. But every other aspect of the film was a disappointing waste of time.
Adventure / Mystery
Adventure / Mystery
This film is set in 2093 and takes place in the same universe as the 'Alien' movies. A group of explorers, including some archaeologists, are on an "undisclosed" mission. They arrive at a planet millions of miles away from Earth. The team spot what they believe to be signs of civilization. They go to investigate and find more than just signs, they find conclusive evidence. But some of them have an ulterior motive for being there, including the Weyland Corporation. They believe that this is where the human race actually came from. Things soon turn from excitement to survival once inside their discovery.
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