After the hype about Ridley Scott‘s latest film Prometheus, I finally caved and went to see it.
I will start off by saying that I was never a huge fan of probably his most famous film, Alien. So I wasn’t expecting to like this film either after reading that this is meant to be the prequel of the famous Alien Trilogy. But after reading reviews about the script being based on a prequel idea of Alien and Erich Von Daniken‘s “Chariot of the Gods” I thought it would be an interesting twist to the story. I am a fan of Chariot of the Gods which is a book based on a theory about human existence starting from extraterrestrial beings.
The movie starts from somewhere in earth’s prehistory and shows how the human DNA started. The story then quickly goes to Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) who discover an ancient cave painting which leads them to believe they have a trail as to where man kind started. Dying billionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) funds the mission in a rather selfish attempt to save himself from his soon approaching death from old age.
I thought that David (Michael Fassbender) was a great addition to the cast. I thought he was the only character that really stood out. He repeatedly reminded me of a Pinnochio-like character, the boy with no heart trying to be a real man. The film also starred Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, an employee of the Weyland corp who have funded the mission. Throughout the film we are made to be suspicious of her and some times even question whether she, like David, is an android (robot).
The mission is led by Elizabeth and Charlie who are passionate about finding the beginning of mankind, the rest of the crew on the ship seem unfazed and don’t seem to care at all about this mission. Even though they have agreed to be incubated for two years for this mission and are trillions of miles away from Earth in a multi-billionaire pound adventure to find the origin of our human existence. They just make it seem like it’s a chore, like cleaning windows. I found that the script was weak and brought the whole film down.
Once they reach their destination, it all happens pretty fast. They see a mound which looks man-made and they decide to explore it. This is when the script really starts to fail. There’s a large room filled with vases all over the floor with a huge human like head in the middle of it. The vases start to leak a black icky goo and what do the characters do? TOUCH IT! Now why on earth would they do that? No actual person would do that! And then they find an alien head on the ground, what do they do? Bring it on the ship, and then perform tests on it in an OPEN room, WITHOUT protective clothing! It’s those mistakes that I thought ruined the film. Especially since its little things, that Ridley Scott should have the experience to be able to think about everything and not let things like this go un-noticed.
The visuals, however, were great. I saw it in 3D and usually I’m not a fan of 3D as there are very few scenes that actually take advantage of it, but Prometheus really used the extra visuals to their advantage. There are a few scenes, which being a squeamish person myself I had to look away from. There is one particular hospital-like scene which I think most people had to look away from.
Overall, Prometheus is an alright Sci-fi/Horror movie, but it isn’t a genre changing movie that it was set out to be. Just a good enough movie with a few errors which stops it from being great.