Director Ridley Scott returns to his sci-fi roots and gives us a kind-of, ok yes it is a prequel prequel to his acclaimed 1979 film, Alien.
The science fiction genre is very rewarding and can present the public with some fantastic storytelling and characters if it is done correctly. Director Ridley Scott already has a staple sci-fi film on his resume with Alien which gave audience the intensity, story, and characters of a thriller but in a sci-fi setting that made it all the more better. He returns to try and copy that model with his latest film, Prometheus, which is very much a prequel to the 1979 film.
The story follows a crew of people led by two scientists (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshal-Green) who believe they have discovered the creatures that created the human race. The crew is filled with a fantastic cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. While there are many flaws in this film, one of the greatest feats it accomplishes is it’s creation of some very good characters. Idris Elba gives us probably the best ship captain since Tom Skerritt as Dallas in Alien because of the great personality that he displays as well as a very intense and strong performance when it is required of him. Noomi Rapace is probably the second best performance as the Sigourney Weaver female character. She has the intensity and strong personality required of the part but also gives us a character that we want to root for that is more than just what the script gives us. But far and beyond Michael Fassbender takes the cake as best performance in this film. His character while initially seen as being played on one note becomes a very intriguing and interesting member of the crew that grabs your attention whenever on screen.
While I truly did like this film, it came with a lot of faults which mainly stemmed from the story. The film opens by asking a lot of intriguing questions about life and creation that sets it up within the first hour to be an incredibly powerful thought provoking experience but the questions fall flat on their faces and don’t get the answers that they were built up to be as the film realizes too quickly that it is about to end and rushes the answers to fit within the two hours that it has. While maybe a sequel will be able to change that and answer some of the questions, I felt that Scott should of at least given the audience something to debate instead of just leaving us wanting more. I came in the film hoping that it would leave us with some crazy cliffhangers that make us demand another film but instead it left me underwhelmed by what I was given and not as enthusiastic about another film. Another fault came with some poorly written characters, mainly Charlize Theron’s, that were giving us the impression of being a very important part but became more of a filler and not someone worth learning about.
While that may make it sound like I didn’t like the film that wasn’t my impression at all I just saw some flaws in it. I did absolutely love the visuals as they were some of the most breathtaking works of cinematography I’ve seen in a summer blockbuster in a long time. The opening scene of the film was absolutely amazing as was the planet that the crew landed on. Scott did an excellent job directing as he created intensity and suspense much like he did in Alien through the characters not knowing what they were up against.
In conclusion, Prometheus was a very good film but not a great film mainly due to some major writing issues. That being said I do recommend seeing it if you love a good sci-fi or thriller because it does deliver as being a great thriller.