This is ONLY for those who have already seen the movie. "Aliens" and the rest are not directed by Ridley Scott. I'm interested in how people compare the original Ridley Scott "Alien" to the new "Prometheus" which was also directed by Scott. If you have not seen the movie, please don't respond, and if you don't want spoilers, don't read the responses.
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You and several others have mentioned how it raises more questions and seems to set up a sequel. I think you're right, but I'd submit that Alien raised just as many questions, but not blatantly stated, while Prometheus practically shouted them.
I would say that Alien didn't so much raise questions as it made you want to know more. But Prometheus has people actually asking deep, important questions out loud that are never answered.
While I wasn't aware that the misconception that this was a remake of Alien existed, I agree with your evaluation of the film. At the risk of sounding like your example of today's audience, I thought it was rather lacking in suspense/action.
I never said today's audience was bad. Just that we have a different expectations than over 30 years ago. Also, it's not so much that people think remake, as they say it's not true to the source material since it's the same universe.