33 years ago, a great man made a great movie, that man was Ridley Scott the movie Alien. For the following two decades various sequels released to a booming audience, but to many the only question was what Ridley would think of the franchise he crafted. Flash forward to 2010 and the news every alien fan wanted to hear hit the media, Ridley would return to the world he created with a multi-million dollar prequel. But it was only a few days later when Ridley came out and said the movie would not be a prequel, but a unique work, that shared the same DNA as Alien. In the next breath he was talking Space Jockey’s, arenas, and “great engineers”; many, myself included could not help but wonder if Ridley had flipped out having made one too many Hovis adverts. But as time rolled on, our faith was restored, December 2011 saw the release of the first Prometheus trailer, and Ridley’s vision became clear.
“Prometheus has landed!”
In a future world, on the Isle of Skye, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her lover Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green); have uncovered the final piece of evidence that proves millions of years ago, Earth was visited by another race, this race left an invitation inviting the human race to come and visit. Two years later on the space craft Prometheus Shaw, and Holloway are joined by fifteen others who awake from hyper sleep at their destination, a distant planet known only as LV277. Among their fellow passengers is Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) a hard nosed business woman, who unofficially controls the expedition, and David (Michael Fassbender) an ultra efficient, ultra expensive human looking android, the creation of Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce). Their combined mission, to seek out the mysteries of our origins, and to finally prove we are not alone, what they find was well beyond their expectations.
“If we don’t stop it, we won’t have a home to go back too!”
Prometheus is a magnificently crafted thing of beauty, it shines, it has the ultimate glint of panache, it moves, it literally lives! But what it does not do, is answer all the questions; a thing of annoyance to many. Prometheus is not the finely tuned beast that Alien was, but here is the point, it is not the same thing that Alien was. If you go into Prometheus in search of Face-Huggers, and Chest-Busters, you’re going to be sorely disappointed, despite what you think you might have seen in the many trailers.
Performance wise, all the cast do exceptionally well, despite the obvious and clear lack of development of many of the characters. This is not the close knit group that we saw in Alien, in fact we have double the amount of characters to contend with, so obviously some get less developed. Michael Fassbender, everyone’s must have actor of the moment, ultimately steals the show as the android with an agenda, but a creature who wants so very much to be like us.
Like any good movie of this type, a body count is pivotal to the movie, and like Ridley’s aforementioned Alien, the order in which they fall is a little unexpected.
Two days after Prometheus’ first reviews hit the public eye, and the balance is mixed; many feeling disappointed by the betrayal. But Ridley has been very clear from the offset, this is not Alien, despite the many similarities, this clearly is a very different beast indeed, and truth be told despite what you think you may be seeing in trailers, the only real link comes in the final seconds, and those that think Prometheus ends where Alien starts, may want to revisit Alien to see just how wrong they are. The planet in which Prometheus is set, is not the same planet we see in Alien, so maybe another chapter will give that some clearance.
The 3D effect is a let down, after a promising start, as the movie proceeds you forget all about the 3D, as the action really kicks off 3D is all just a distant memory.
“A King has his reign, then he dies. It’s inevitable!’
Prometheus is an incredibly good movie, it’s a brand new twist on an old tale, but more than anything else its an evolution piece, the evolution of us, the evolution of the engineers, the evolution of LV277’s newish inhabitants, and finally the evolution of the “alien”, it’s roots so to speak.
As you exit Prometheus you really do understand that this movie was made to become a franchise, the reason so many questions are left unanswered is so that in years to come, a new chapter can open up some of the mysteries, Prometheus may not be as appreciated as it should be right now, but in years to come as the franchise builds maybe like its predecessor it will become known as a masterpiece.
Not that it was really needed, but as a testament to the love of the movie (before it was seen) outside off Leicester Square’s blue carpet, the largest fan audience of all time gathered for a glimpse of the stars that populate the film, watch out Harry Potter, there is a new audience puller in town.