I Saw A Film Today… Prometheus
I have been waiting a long time to see this film. A very long time. It doesn’t even have to do with the fact that it was connected with Ridley Scott’s Alien films. It just sounded like a good Sci-Fi/ Horror film and I have not seen one of those in a long time. The more I heard about it and the more people who joined the cast, the more excited I got. Which worried me really because most films I get excited about end up usually disappointing me. Prometheus is an exception.
In the year 2089 while on an archeological dig in Scotland, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) find an ancient cave drawing with a star map. But this is no normal star map, as the exact same map has been found on many other caves and other artifacts from different periods of time. Shaw believes this to be an invitation by whom she calls “Engineers”, the entities who created human life.
Fast forward to Christmas day 2093 and Elizabeth and Charlie awakens from stasis on a ship named Prometheus which is owned by Weyland Corporation and is now landing on a planet from the star map. The rest of the crew is composed of android named David (Michael Fassbender), a roguish pilot named Janek (Idris Elba), a geologist (Sean Harris), a biologist (Rafe Spall), and other assorted crew. Also along for the journey is Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) who is an employee of Weyland overlooking the flight.
After landing it soon becomes clear that nearly everyone has their own purpose for coming to the planet. But while everyone is on their own exploration of the mysterious planet, the planet itself has many surprises in store for them. It quickly becomes clear to Shaw that coming to this planet was a mistake, but is it too late?
Ridley Scott has again produced another Sci-Fi/Horror masterpiece here with Prometheus, and one of the bigger achievements of it is the proper use of stereoscopic photography. This film is the best looking film I have ever seen in 3-D. There are no gimmicky things coming at you. Scenes that are dark, which there are plenty of them here, are not murky or dim. It is a simply beautiful film that is actually enhanced by 3-D.
To call Prometheus a prequel is technically correct but something of an injustice. I would call it more of an origins story. Because the main purpose of a prequel, outside of monetary gain, is to answer previously unanswered questions. This film does not do that really. Instead it poses its own questions and does not really set out to answer them.
The biggest question of which is the question most asked in human history: What or who created us? The most poignant scene in this film is David, a robot, asking Holloway why humans created him. To which he responds “We made you because we could.” To this David poses the question “Can you image how disappointing it would be for you to hear the same thing from your creator?” And I’m sure the religious right will take offense to certain aspects of this film, even though throughout the film the character Elizabeth Shaw continues to believe in the Judeo-Christian God.
The cast is simply amazing as well. I’m so glad that Noomi Rapace is well on her way to becoming a big star in Hollywood. She is pure magic and another strong female in a Ridley Scott film. And to carry her magic over into a film with such a strong star presence is quite an accomplishment. Michael Fassbender is simply brilliant as David. He is robotic, yet has a bit of humanity to him as well. An interesting twist.
Much like her performance in Snow White & the Huntsman, Charlize Theron is icy and fierce here, yet her presence is minimal at best. Shame really. Idris Elba’s Janek is a character that could have been easily lost in this intense story. Yet Elba, the most underrated actor in Hollywood in my opinion, finds a way for his character to have the most change and development.
I find it odd that Prometheus has split so many fans of the Alien series on their opinion of this film. They either love it or absolutely hate it. Personally I don’t see why fans can hate it. It has everything you want from it and gives you more than you expect.
Verdict: SEE IT!
*Rated R for Sci-Fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.
**Poster by Midnight Marauder