Let's get this clear straight off the bat - Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' is NOT 'Alien.' But if you loved 'Alien' then this certainly delivers some great backstory, links and hints to the 'Alien' franchise universe and a standout visceral body-horror scene to rival the first movie's chest-buster. Yes the script is ambitious, perhaps overly so, and yes it poses more questions than it provides answers - but then how many Hollywood blockbusters leave you pondering the nature of the universe for days after their screening? Many will pick holes in the plot, but 'Prometheus' has delusions of grandeur more in common with Kubrick's '2001' and Spielberg's 'A.I.' than 'Transformers.' But it's not in the script department that 'Prometheus' excels- it's in the spectacular spectacle and visceral visuals. Stunning design and attention to detail we've not witnessed in a Ridley Scott movie since 'Blade Runner' make 'Prometheus' an eye-popping, ear-thrumming feast. The use of surround sound and 3D is superb - easily rivaling James 'Aliens' Cameron's 'Avatar' for the creation of immersive cinematic scenes that ooze, shimmer and rock the senses, lifting you out of your seat and into the alien landscapes. The CGI is terrific, the aliens superbly realized and the human cast are great. As Elizabeth Shaw, Noomi Rapace is a great Ripley-replacement, albeit one with a bizarre accent, and Charlize Theron's Meredith Vickers is a suitably icy company suit, but acting honours go to Michael Fassbender. His portrayal of android David is wonderfully realized. Sadly, the great Idris Elba is as under utilized as he was in 'Thor.' But, small grumbles aside, once you accept that Scott has jettisoned the intimacy and claustrophobia that made 'Alien' such a scary monster movie and gone instead for a far larger canvas - 'Prometheus' is a top-notch thrill ride, beautifully rendered and with a script that, whilst not perfect by any means, at least tries to tackle some big, difficult and challenging questions - whilst Scott simultaneously attempts to scare the crap out of you and drop your jaw to the floor with dazzling visuals. Not perfect - but a delight to see Ridley Scott return to intelligent sci-fi wrought with a master's eye for design, detail and otherworldly drama.