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…

Scott’s new film can’t claim to be anywhere as groundbreaking as his original. It is also messily plotted and nowhere near as scary.

However, it is also suspenseful, well-acted and packed with amazing images. There is also a good supply of grisly incidents, including a standout scene in which Rapace performs auto-surgery on herself – a sequence that will leave most viewers squirming.

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.