Directed by: Ridley Scott.
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce.
The movie starts on ancient Earth, where a remotely human looking being, standing at the edge of a waterfall, watches as a ship lifts off and ascends away into space. After drinking an odd liquid from a cup, the being convulses and begins to disintegrate, falling into the waterfall and disolving entirely. We zoom in close enough to see the being’s D.N.A. being broken down simply as it’s sacrifice forms the first blocks of human life.
2089, and on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, a group led by archeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are excited when they uncover a cave filled with paintings including one very familiar of a tall being pointing to a star constellation.
Four years later, and we are aboard the space ship Prometheus, a vessel of exploration, where the crew, with the exception of android David (Michael Fassbender), are in cryogenic sleep for the long journey to the star system that the constellation matches. After the crew are revived, they head to the only moon of the system capable of supporting life, and find a structure that cannot be natural. Venturing inside, the crew search for clues to the existence of the beings they call ‘Engineers’, the ones that made us, with no idea of what awaits them.
We’ve left the description intentionally vague with what we’ve covered in order to avoid spoilerage, in fact we’ve only covered the first 25-30 mins of a 2 hour long movie. Although the movie is connected with the Alien franchise (there’s no point denying it, it’s been confirmed before the movie was released), but it is it’s own movie, not a sequel or even a direct prequel, but a movie set in the same universe.
Well written but with some rough edges, the script sets up some tension once the crew arrives on the planet and they begin exploring. Meanwhile there are other things afoot closer to home aboard the Prometheus that are in line with the Weyland company’s representative on board – Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), who holds a firm control over the crew and may be pushing her own agenda.
The movie is not so much a science0fiction/horror movie as it is a science fiction/disaster movie, once things begin to kick off, there are moments that are unpleasant and may make some gasp momentarily, but these are never as shocking as you may be expecting given the events of Alien. There are plenty of amazing designs harking back to those of H.R. Giger’s of the Alien and the so called ‘space jockey’ creatures, and some nice new additional elements which while they are new, blend perfectly with his work.
Problems creep in throught the movie whenever the topic of faith is discussed by any of the characters other than the android David, who’s performance is the stand out of the piece (closely followed by Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron who are both excellent in the movie), in particular for some slight moments that suggest he’s not as cold hearted or as innocent as his demeanour suggests. If the movie is nominated for anything come Oscars time he deserves to be nominated for best supporting actor, and he deserves to win.
The movie is successful in what it sets out to do, although one scene right at the very end of the movie feels as if it’s been tacked on just to please a certain percentage of the audience, as a whole it’s business as usual from director Ridley Scott who does do a great job with the movie, only for the movie to be a slight dissapointment because of the hype built up prior to it’s release.
As a footnote regarding the 3D treatment of the movie, it’s extremely well done, but used subtly, thankfully with no cheesy moments where something is thrown at the audience. The opening space shots look distant as the stars should, and the planetary sequences have great depth to them through the 3D, but the issue is that once the crew steps into the structure, it’s darkly lit corridors do suffer from the need to wear the 3D glasses. Overall the 3D is very nice, but you will not lose anything by going to see it in 2D if possible.
This has been a film i have been really eager to see from the first day that Ridley Scott announced that he was doing the film and for the most part it didn’t disappoint however that doesn’t mean that the film is fantastic it is just a really good movie. You see the main problem i had with it is that there was no tension whatever to be had in any part of the film and if you are going to be doing a movie about the discovery of not only Alien life forms but the creators of the human race then you expect some tension but during the film this was lacking. It’s not just the tension that was a bit of a let down for me you see the film felt like it was the run up or a starting block to a sequel as there was a lot of set up but very little pay off.
Now i’m done with a few of the gripes the film did shine however in the sound department where the score fitted the film perfectly and during a few scenes the sound was so loud it sent a few shivers down my spine. It’s not just the sound of the film that shined for me but also the look of the movie there are some jaw dropping sights to be had none so more than the digital maps that crop up now and again during the film.
Overall for me the film didn’t disappoint however if you go into Prometheus hoping for the levels of Alien then you will feel let down however if you drop the Alien films out of your mind just before you are about to take your seat then you will enjoy the next 2 hours as there are ideas and elements on show that will impress you to a certain extent that i hope Scott can fully follow up on in a sequel, if one ever get’s made.
Posted on June 1, 2012, in Reviews and tagged alien, android, building better worlds, charlize theron, engineers, guy pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, michael fassbender, noomi rapace, prequel, ridley scott, space jockey, weyland. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.