Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
The search for our beginning could lead to our end
The two archaeologists Elizabeth and Charlie are convinced that the makers of the human race, who they call “Engineers” are located on the moon LV-223. They set out for a mission on the spaceship Prometheus to get there and explore, a mission that is funded by the Weyland Corporation.
When the group enters their designated cave, they do find remains of what they believe was the forerunners of the human race, but they only find dead bodies. It soon turns out though that there is something alive in the cave and also that the Weyland Corporation is not just there for the answers and science.
If I was a big sci-fi nut I would be extremely excited about this film. Ridley Scott returning to the sci-fi genre would gather the same excitement that splatter fans would get if Peter Jackson set out to make a new low budget b-movie. Prometheus also lives in the same universe as the Alien films, although it is a different beast altogether.
Prometheus starts out breathtaking with beautiful shots of landscape and the first alien type creator drinking some dark liquid and dissolving. Visually this film is one of the better ones I’ve seen from Hollywood the last ten years, everything from the special effects to the costumes design and the cinematography is excellent.
The story is ambitious and asks the questions of why we are here, who made us and why did they make us. Is there a God or is there something much closer to the human race that is responsible for our existence. It asks the questions without wanting to provide the answers, at least not yet. While the story goes for a very big scope, the narrative is very lacking. The script could have used some more touching up, especially when it comes to the characters and their motivation and choices.
As with Alien, the leading hero is again a female character. This time it is Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, a strong character with christian beliefs who are the only character that shows warmth and you can feel for in this film. Her love interest Charlie Holloway is played by Logan Marshall-Green. His character acts childish and arrogant and will most likely not be liked by the majority of the audience. I also couldn’t understand why he gave up and became so depressed after only researching the cave for a few hours and I was happy that they didn’t keep him a long for the entire film. I also would have preferred if the actors that played these roles where older, since I don’t buy these young actors as great scientists.
The rest of the scientists are forgettable and mostly stupid. I don’t get why a mission that cost a trillion dollars wouldn’t let the scientist meet each other before going on the ship to see if they where compatible or not. Seems like a cheap excuse to have some extra drama in the film and it does not work. The most interesting role and the best acting here however is done by Michael Fassbender as the android David. Having an android or robot that is designed by humans and have no soul is not a new concept in sci-fi films, but Fassbender plays the role so well and makes David become an own entity.
Prometheus is a big movie with big effects, big sets and a big story. It is very close to becoming an excellent film, but some unforgiving flaws hold it back from achieving that type of status. It is a very entertaining film, regardless if you are familiar with the Alien saga or not, but it could have been so much more if they had paid more attention to the characters and the narration.