Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus (2012).

In Prometheus (2012) Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace; pictured) reaches a fundamental point of loss. Yet she is still adamant in her search for the maker of the human race.

'If you're receiving this transmission, make no attempt to come to its point of origin. There is only death here now … And I am still searching.'

Like Shaw, many of us crave meaning. Sometimes it can be catered for by a grand force: by believing we hold a legitimate purpose in this world. But does any search bear fruit?