Prometheus

More than three decades after Sigourney Weaver's resourceful Ripley first encountered that deadly extraterrestrial monster, director Ridley Scott (pictured here with star Noomi Rapace) returns to the sci-fi universe he created in 1978 classic Alien with this spectacular prequel. In the film’s lead role, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace plays archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw, who accompanies a space mission to a distant moon in 2093 to discover whether alien engineers created humankind. Needless to say, the mission doesn't end happily! Prometheus can't claim to be as groundbreaking as Scott's original film and nor is it anywhere near as scary. But Rapace proves a gutsy heir to Weaver's iconic heroine, performing auto-surgery on herself in one grisly scene that will leave most viewers squirming. And there's strong support from Idris Elba's tough, nonchalant spaceship captain, Charlize Theron's icy mission director and, best of all, Michael Fassbender's robot David, the ship's eerie blond android.

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