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In this prequel to 1979's "Alien," two scientists (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) travel to a desolate planet in 2093 seeking evidence to prove their theory about the origins of mankind. The mission is supervised by a soulless corporate executive (Charlize Theron) and the human crew is aided by an efficient android (Michael Fassbender), part Mr. Spock and part Lawrence of Arabia. A heretical answer to mankind's biggest question emerges, along with death and destruction courtesy of creatures dubbed "engineers" and reptilian parasites familiar from earlier "Alien" movies. Returning to the franchise he spawned, director Ridley Scott offers a grandiose mash-up of perennial sci-fi themes. The visual spectacle is first-rate but the muddled script is too profound by half. Its rejection of a fundamental tenet of theism, namely, that God created mankind - combined with violence and offensive language - renders the movie extremely problematic from a faith perspective.

Watch out for: Considerable grisly sci-fi violence, several instances of rough language, much crude and crass language, significant profanity, some sexual references and innuendo, nonexplicit relations between an unmarried man and woman, one use of marijuana, and some alcohol consumption.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is O - morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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