A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.
All the ingredients are there, and certainly this has been made by an intelligent craftsman and a great cast, but the plot doesn't add this all up and has too many open ends.
On renewed viewing: I still agree with my first assessment: the script is muddled, but the movie does deliver some of the goods.
Maltin ***: "Companion piece to Scott's ALIEN offers echos of that film in both good and not-so-good ways: it's thoughtful and intelligent, with two strong female characters, and masterfully crafted, but gives way to icky, gross-out moments...right up to the end. Fassbender is a standout as a sly, watchful robot who's one step ahead of everyone else."