I’m sure just about every contributor to this blog has seen the movie, or is intending to see it… but it’s my turn to bitch about it : )
The strange thing is that my issues with it don’t stem from the “it didn’t answer the questions it raised” or “what did it all mean?” debates I’ve seen all over the web. I’m quite happy to have a movie that leaves me with questions like those. Philosophical questions that I can discuss with others who’ve seen the movie, engage in discourse or debate – that’s fun. What I don’t want to do is leave the theatre with questions like “why did all the characters do such stupid things?”
Unfortunately, those outweighed the other aspects, because they kept happening!
WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
Right from the beginning, they arrive on an unknown planet and the head of the expedition insists on no weapons. Yes, you’re there for scientific reasons, but are there predators? Other hostile beings? I’m Canadian, and I can still see that having weapons make sense – no need to be aggressive. The ridiculous, inexplicable decisions, from everyone, never ceased.
Why would you take off your helmet just because the air was in breathable proportions in the cave? Umm… viruses? Bacteria? Spores? If they checked, there was no mention.
How about the sociopathic geologist? Surely with the amount of money being offered for the expedition, you could find one who could pass a psychiatric evaluation. Oh, and let’s not forget, even though he created the gadgets that mapped the cave, he still got lost on the way back to the ship!
What about the biologist who had no interest in examining the remains of the alien? And that was, I think, only in the first third of the movie. The WTFs kept piling up. No one got smarter, and they died for it. Too stupid to live, literally.
That’s what ruined the movie for me. Fail. Hard.