Everyone is wondering if Prometheus
is a prequel to Alien,
and I can't blame them. As soon as I saw the first trailer, the
question was stuck in my mind, and the Alien
fans were ready to embrace the whole concept with glee (and, if some
aliens took care of those kids from Glee,
that would be all the better).
It's already out there that you will see many similarities to the Alien
movies and Prometheus,
and even director Ridley Scott has acknowledged this takes place in the
universe. So, is it a prequel? You'll have to watch it to find out, or
just read some of the other reviews out there on the internet because
some critics aren't as coy as I. You think 20th Century Fox would
appreciate me more for it.
Set in the late 21st Century, Noomi Rapace stars as Elizabeth Shaw - an
explorer and scientist who believes she has found messages left by
aliens all across the globe. Similar cave drawings in various locations
seem to be some sort of map leading her to believe something out there
made contact with humans, and, possibly, holds the clues to
understanding how life came to be on Earth.
Now, the crew of the vessel Prometheus is making its way to a distant
planet near Saturn as some sort of corporate toady, Meredith Vickers
(Charlize Theron), tries to assert her authority over the entire
mission. The business titan who funded the operation, Peter Weyland
(Guy Pearce), seems to have given power to Shaw and her partner,
Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green). And, a strange being, Peter
(Michael Fassbender), has loyalties and motivations we should be
What will Prometheus find when it arrives on the planet?
Is it the answer to the biggest questions of humanity?
For a movie about something as
monumental and controversial as the origins of life, Prometheus
intentionally is a muted, very unemotional movie. At times, Scott uses
this to build the mystery and underlying tensions aboard the spaceship
on its trip to some sort of inevitable, historic moment.
At other times, the tone is too uneven or out of place without reason.
Some elements seem strangely out of place, like Captain Janek (Idris
Elba) with his cavalier and swashbuckling attitude, who becomes some
sort of comic relief, yet, you wish you could see more of him, since
the character is so likable. It's like he was wasted, but some of those
moments are welcome in small doses.
To his credit, Scott doesn't follow typical methods and patterns of
storytelling or establishing conflict, which makes the most of the
script. Writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof are not always obvious
with the direction of the story, which inspires the audience to think
about motivations and what might happen because of what action a
character has taken. However, the dialogue is simple without any one
memorable, amazing line that will stick with you for longer than 10
minutes. It's like the dialogue doesn't match the heft of the
expedition. Shaw is seeking some sort of answer about her own faith in
God and creationism, but this trip feels as inconsequential as the
search for a McDonald's.
is a bit too hard to figure out, and the big emotional climax doesn't
feel all that climactic, but it will challenge you, especially if you
are a fan of the Alien
movies. And, make sure you watch all the way to the end. I started to
get up a little early, and needed to sit back down to see the best
is rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief