- Cast: Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Emun Elliot, Benedict Wong, Rafe Spall, James Payton, Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik, Lance Henriksen
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Writers: Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts
- Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David Giler, Walter Hill
- Co Producer: Nikolas Korda
- Executive Producers: Michael Costigan, Michael Ellenberg, Mark Huffam
- Art Direction: Karen Wakefield
- Castings: Nina Gold, Avy Kaufman
- Costume Design: Janty Yates
- D.O.P.: Dariusz Wolski
- Editor: Pietro Scalia
- Makeup: Tina Earnshaw
- Music: Marc Streitenfeld
- Production Design: Arthur Max
- Set Decoration: Sonja Klaus
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Iceland; London, UK; Spain
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: Brandywine Productions, Scott Free Productions
- Production Schedule: 21 March 2011 - July 2011
2012 Guide Analysis: "Starting out life as an "Alien" prequel, the debate continues to rage as to how much Ridley Scott's third effort in the sci-fi genre has stuck to that initial plan. Scott, scribe Damon Lindelof and the various cast members have all downplayed the link - saying this is a much more thought-provoking stand alone sci-fi story of a crew discovering the remains of an advanced extraterrestrial civilization responsible for humanity's origin.
Yet the "Alien" connection is there - the story seems set in the "Alien" universe with the aforementioned civilization appearing to be the so-called 'space jockey' from Scott's original 1979 effort. The recent spectacular teaser trailer was not only done in the style of the original "Alien" teaser but showed various visual and stylistic links including a crashed ship identical to the one the Nostromo's crew come across on LV-426.
We've been definitively told we won't see the xenomorph creature, but what we are getting here is a return to pure science fiction, something that's not really seen these days when even former champions of the genre like "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" are sticking more to the wider appealing "Star Wars"-style mythic fantasy formula.
The assembled cast is arguably the most interesting ensemble of the year and the visuals are truly exquisite. Scott's first two efforts in the genre - "Alien" and "Blade Runner" - are considered amongst the greatest films ever made. Can this reach that same high standard?"