The paragon of creativity!
It all confusingly starts with a translucent humanoid disintegrating, then the plot starts centering on a bored android who greets a group of people awakening from stasis aboard a spaceship. This addition in the Alien franchise tells the story of a scientific expedition motivated by existential hypotheses. The script is daring and shocks through unlikely devices; namely religions and beliefs.
An immersing exploration scene gradually pulls us from the sterility of the ship to the claustrophobic setting of an underground alien shrine. The environments are constantly evolving when not literally self-destructing for our enjoyment. This is a visually charged movie with a thin story and great performances. It also relies highly on dialogue and gets increasingly tense in the second act.
The creature effects, mostly practical, look amazing, eluding to the Aliens movies while teasingly remaining "everything but". The interior and exterior sets are once again a textured masterpiece. As a stand-alone film, this is the perfect excuse for a nice controversial blend of horror, adventure, science-fiction, science, faith and philosophy.