might not have been everybody’s cup of tea, but there’s no getting away from the fact that love it or loathe it, people just can’t stop talking about it. That said, if you haven’t seen it yet, you shouldn’t read on, as things are about to get a bit spoilery.
The ending of the film has sparked a particular amount of debate, specifically the scene in which David accompanies Weyland to the engineer’s sleep-pod, and rouses the “God” from his slumber. David is a master of all known languages, and manages to converse with the being, before things all turn a bit sour.
Given that the sequence isn’t subtitled, we were expecting never to know exactly what David said to anger the Engineer. Did he deliver Weyland’s message as asked, or did he take matters into his own hands in that suspicious manner so beloved of “synthetics”?
Well, according to Dr. Anil Biltoo, the film’s official translator and linguistics consultant, David did as he was asked, translating his words as follows: “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.”
So there we have it. David wasn’t up to anything sinister, it just turned out that the Engineer wasn’t best pleased to be interrupted by a member of the species he was charged with destroying. Apparently, the scene was initially written to involve a much longer conversation, so perhaps more details will emerge in the deleted material on the DVD. Or even in a sequel...