Somewhere between the mock up spaceship, the android David, and the gut puncher coming out of someone's belly; I just said been there and done that.
I really tried to like this movie, it has everything the Alien franchise movies had, a good story, a decent cast more or less, and superb sci-fi themes. Problem is that the movie has been done over and over again for so many decades and I have seen enough incarnations to really stop "believing" as the movie holds as its central tenet.
I won't give away too many spoilers, but simply put, I guessed every plot twist that was going to happen before it happened. I even guessed that the Aliens would come out. I've seen enough of the old Alien movies to understand the horror movie dynamics.
The new elements about faith, not in simply God in our system of belief but the "creator" being out there concept, is so Contact-esque, I hope Carl Sagan is not spinning in his grave. They even have a Doctor Holloway in the movie, which is less a nod to Sagan's epic and more a farce, when you factor how unbelievably stupid the doctor was.
As for the scenes, it is definitely no Avatar, though I get they were trying to evoke the same idea. Basically,
The good thing about the movie, the soundtrack. If there was something this prequel to Alien had was the music score to back it up. However, good music will not save a half assed effort.
If this was 1979 and I was watching the movies themes and story elements for the first time, I'd say "Hey that was the best movie of the century, it had everything Science fiction should have and opened up even more questions about our existence and our creations like robots."
Flash forward to 2012, I was born in 1987, seen all the Alien movies several times and loved them as I grew up, "I've seen all this before and I can't say I am impressed."
My score out of 5 is a resounding:
2.5 of 5