Cert: 15 Runtime: 124 mins Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris and Idris Elba
Big things have small beginnings
This week was the end of the long awaited return of Ridley Scott in the world of Sci-fi. Prometheus has been in his life for over 30 years, but now his vision is on the big screen for the world to see. It has some of the best names in Tinsel Town right now, and it is the film of the moment. So the plot is, in the year 2089, an archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map hidden among the remnants of other unconnected ancient cultures. Believing all this to be connected to the human race’s creators. Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the founder of the powerful Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the scientific vessel named after the Greek Titan Prometheus to follow the star map to the moon LV-223 to find mankind’s makers, dubbed “Engineers” by Shaw.In the year 2093, the ship arrives and lands near an alien structure. A team including Shaw, Holloway, and David (Michael Fassbender) explores the structure, while Vickers (Charlize Theron) and Captain Janek (Idris Elba) monitor their progress on-board the ship.What was meant to be the scientific discovery of a lifetime, soon becomes a nightmare of complete terror as the intentions of the structure and of the Gods who made us becomes clear.Firstly Please try to ignore some of the very negative reviews. Some are because it’s not Alien and that its a film of it’s own. It’s weird, It’s bigger and will make you think. I think that’s the first mistake, to expect an Alien themed film. The amount of hype that was put on Prometheus was incredible. For months there have been snippets of news, images and teaser clips to wet the appetite of sci-fi fans. When a film is given so much hype, I feel that it can easily let fans down if it does not live up to their expectations or the impression we got from it from trailers. Prometheus may not live up to the original Alien, but it is still a decent film.
The acting is flawless, except perhaps for a few minor characters. Special praise goes to Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron whose characters are also extremely well written and convincing. Noomi especially deserves applause for her flawless acting. There are a good number of scenes where her character is understandably very disturbed and terrified, and Noomi’s acting is so genuine. One refreshing aspect of her character is that, contrary to what one might expect, she’s not like Ripley from Alien. Ripley was from the start a pretty strong woman, close to a tomboy. Noomi’s character, Elizabeth Shaw, is much more impulsive, insecure and feminine. She grows stronger as her situation becomes desperate, but she remains endearing and delicate enough that the extremely shocking things she must endure are genuinely heartbreaking.Michael Fassbender does a superb performance as David, which for me at least is the most interesting of the characters. He definitely deserve attention for his role in this movie because he was flawless. Charlize Theron also pulled off a good performance as Meredith Vickers but I got the feeling they didn’t dig deep enough into her story and you are left wondering what just happened at times when you get a short flash of what her character is like but then the scene just abruptly ends. This happens a few times throughout movie.
If your a fan of the original Alien, you will notice that the plot of Prometheus follows a similar formula to Alien.It’s pretty standard really but what I liked about the plot is the aspect that looks at the origin of mankind, as well as having sci-fi elements.To hardcore fans of the Alien series, Prometheus may be a let-down but it can be enjoyed in the moment and does have some impressive visual effects. Effectswise, action-wise, technically, visually and in terms of sense-of- wonder, this is exactly the movie we all hoped it would be. The whole set-up for the Weyland company is perfect and serves the first two original Alien movies extremely well.But many of the more important elements for the presentation are entirely in the director’s hands, and Ridley Scott’s proficiency is flawless in this regard. His introduction of stunning landscapes happens with such frequency and such fluidity that it makes other sci-fis look pathetically small in scope. The action sequences are also well-directed and nicely done, with some brilliant body-horror moments towards the middle portion of the movie. The soundtrack is similarly epic in scale, and can be surprisingly nostalgic at times when it lightly plays on a chord or two from the original film’s music. Many of the CGI effects as well are very naturalistic and fit in perfectly within the film, and there was not a single moment where use of it seemed unnecessary or even noticeable at all.Overall, Prometheus on first viewing was what I expected, a movie using it’s original plot as a structure to produce a new story with new characters/lifeforms to lead up to other Alien story lines. It is highly likely the references will become more obvious in sequels to this, but Prometheus manages to bring a story that works as a standalone but also a prequel at the same time, which is good for all viewing audiences, and I think Scott was trying to bring the grisly/dark atmosphere movies of Alien without being too in your face, which I thought was the right direction for this movie.