Director Ridley Scott’s sort-of prequel to his classic 1979 sci-fi film, Alien, starts with Noomi Rapace’s archaeologist discovering 35,000-year-old cave paintings that could explain mankind’s existence.

But then a mission to a distant planet in search of alien life ends unhappily for the crew of the spaceship Prometheus…

It’s a grisly film and messily plotted, but also suspenseful, well-acted and with amazing images.

Rapace proves a ballsy heir to Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Ripley, while Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and, especially, Michael Fassbender, as an android who is at once sympathetic and sinister, also give stand-out performances.