Originally Posted by tradernick
EDIT: Sheesh, I guess I'm really out of touch. Page 7 of this thread indicates that the movie is already out. Now I have to read the whole thread to see about the acting.
I think I mentioned the great cast of Alien in this thread (though it could have been on another forum, Prometheus threads are everywhere!). If I didn't, what I said elsewhere was how real the crew of Nostromo seemed, how professional the captain was, versus how unprofessional the captain of Prometheus was (ignoring stranded crew, a mapping device reading biological life etc etc), and how essentially space haulage crew were far more dedicated and real than the supposedly stellar crew of a trillion dollar Prometheus mission.
There are some scenes you can directly compare - John Hurt's reckless exploration of the eggs in Alien goes against common sense, but his behaviour before, his sense of curiousity and also the audience's repulsed fascination with the eggs makes his actions of looking at the eggs understandable - he is also armed and wearing a helmet.
The very similar scene of the cowardly biologist suddenly being fascinated by a mutant snake makes no sense and is quite risible. His death has much less impact as he's an annoying badly written character, and as such the audience see him as cannon fodder and a blunt plot device.