Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Jon Spaihts & Damon Lindelof
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Ridley Scott’s quasi-Alien prequel, Prometheus, is nothing if not exhilarating. It feels like it wants to be something to everyone as it flies through space equal parts sci-fi, horror, action, drama, and thriller. This film has huge aspirations, and for the most part I think it nails it. I have to laugh at some of my friends that assumed Scott and Lindelof (Lost) were going to simply mark off the empty boxes on an interplanetary checklist. While Prometheus fills in some huge gaps, it manages to create new ones along the way. Spoiler alert: the mere name of the film implies you’re going to have to draw some of your own conclusions.
Fassbender = face melter
In Greek mythology, Prometheus was credited for creating humans out of clay and eventually betraying the gods by stealing the secret of fire for the lowly race. In western tradition, the figure represents the scientific striving of mankind. Depending on how you view this film, you might see these things completely realized onscreen. I’m very happy to say the film personally lived up to the hype. I was not disappointed.
Stealing the show is Michael Fassbender as the android, David, a creation of his boss who happens to be the financier of this expedition. The opening moments acquaint us with David’s “life” as he watches movies, continues to learn and educate himself, and eventually prepares to release the Prometheus crew from stathis as they emerge from a two-year trip to a mysterious moon that shares a sun and atmospheric conditions similar to earth. Even if you don’t agree with the message or mystery behind this film, you will certainly have to agree that this is one of the most visually beautiful representations of space every captured. Scott knows how to sell an epic scope regardless of your feelings about the plot.
Any fan of the Alien franchise has always wanted to know more about the larger than life Space Jockeys, and man, do we ever get treated when it comes to some back-story. You might, however, find some of the answers to feel more Lovecraftian than Giger-inspired in the end. Scott continues his love of a strong and tenacious female lead in the form of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Repace), who fills the role of protagonist. Her willingness to sacrifice, endure, and charge headfirst into certain terror is impressive as it gets. I promise she has scenes that will challenge you to not squirm right out of your seat.
Prometheus has the best set pieces I’ve seen in years. The familiar Alien-inspired look is there, but it’s accented with the marvelous technology of 2012. There isn’t a scene in the movie that fails to visually please. In the end, I was completely satisfied with the movie and I look forward to the Blu Ray release already. Scott and his team of filmmakers have given the hardcore fans clear answers to integral questions while creating new ones along the way. I plan on re-watching Alien asap with this new knowledge about the Space Jockeys. I think every jaw in the theater dropped when this mysterious figure came into focus. Just wait until the opening scenes that take place at the crest of an alien waterfall. Holy shit.
Aside from some very uncharacteristic acting from a pair of scientists left in the alien pyramid for the night, Prometheus certainly delivers in almost every way possible. Be prepared to be shocked, thrilled, and maybe most importantly; be prepared to think. If I gave actual ratings, this would get a solid A+.