So many things wrong with this post.
First off, I didn't expect passive entertainment. I'm not some dullard who just wants an action movie (although I do enjoy a good brainless action flick). What I *GOT* was passive entertainment masquerading as thoughtful cinema. My objection isn't that it's silly fun, there was plenty of that. My objection is that it's being sold as some deep drama when it's simply not there. I love deep drama. I love Solaris (Tarkovsky), I love Muholland Drive--I love puzzle movies. I also love mythology and philosophy. My Dad is a professor of philosophy and I grew up surrounded by Theologians and Philosophers. I also love mythology and world religions. I spend a lot of time reading mythology and analysis of said mythology like Jung. The problem isn't that we're expecting a fluff piece or even a horror movie (I don't really like horror movies, and don't even really care that much for Alien movies for that matter). I "don't mean to be condescending" my point is simply that I know my shit so excuse me if I take offense to the suggestion that we have no idea what we're talking about or incapable of deconstructing mythological themes.
The whole thing reminds me of this scene from Life of Brian:
"The Shoe is a sign!" "No the Gourd is a sign!"
It's very simple, these aren't 'archetypal' characters. They're badly written characters from the person who brought us Lost's bullshit. Remember season 1 of lost? "Oooo this Smoke Monster, what a mystery! I can't wait to find out what it is and what it means!" Spoilers, nobody knew what it meant, first and foremost the writers. They're not some deep mystery, they're a plot hole and lazy writing/film making. This is what this writer does. He comes up with a bazillion unresolved plot points and hopes we forget about the fact that he has absolutely no clue what they are. They're fake mysteries. And he did it very well for 7 years. To give them more credit than that is simply excusing poor craftsmanship. Any meaning found is a credit to your own creativity and imagination not the writer and director.