The opening scenes show that Billy OBrien has done a good job studying Ridley Scott and the school of creatures stalking people in the dark. It takes nearly 45 minutes to reach the central laboratory and the creatures. During the lead-up, OBrien does a fine job in generating suspense as he takes us through a minefield, the efforts to get into the insurgent camp and then down into the cellars beneath where the party is stalked by bizarre creatures that look as though they have lightbulbs for heads. The tension during these scenes is very well conveyed.
When we meet Goethe, it is a striking and original creation a boy with multiple golden sminiature eyes and breathing vents at his neck. The performance that Perri Hanson gives is coolly alien and otherworldly, which further adds to the intrigue. There is also a fine performance from Beth Winslet no less than the younger, almost unknown sister of Kate who delivers the part of the scientist responsible with posh accent intact where she gives many shadings to what could have slid into cliche in someone elses hands.
All of that said, Scintilla/The Hybrid works well in the build-up but less so once it lets its hybrid child out of confinement. The film introduces a fascinatingly alien creation but then does nothing more than have him kill most of the personnel (or they kill each other) and escape. I guess I wanted more to match the originality of the creation. It is essentially a problem of the script being underwritten the explanations of Goethes origins, the reasons whereby they have broken in to extract him are all dwelt on to a minimal degree. The film even opens on John Lynch imprisoned in an African jail but does nothing to explain why he is there even so, he gets the most characterisation of anyone in the film.