Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott is back with a big budget sci-fi movie which looks into the age old question; “Where do we come from?” The story follows a group of scientists that travel far and beyond on a spaceship called “Prometheus,” in the quest to meet their maker and get answers about humanity.
Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her companion Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) lead an eccentric team of scientists to investigate alien life forms and get a better understanding about their connection to humans. Supervised by Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), the team lands on some strange alien planet where they set off to explore nearby caves. David (Michael Fassbender), a genetically engineered human, assists the team on their journey but takes actions that are very dangerous for the rest of the team and sets off circumstances which puts all of humanity at risk.
The first half of “Prometheus” is fairly low key as the scientists explore unknown terrain. We also get to see further into the intentions of the characters and what is going on behind the scenes of this mission. The story does get a bit confusing at times and of course you cannot expect that the film will actually give a scientifically backed answer to questions like “What is our purpose and who is our maker?” But it is certainly a good thing to get audiences thinking about such questions as asking oneself such things is the first step on the road to self-discovery. In the case of the characters in the film, asking these intelligent questions leads to a series of horrific occurrences (some very gruesome and graphic) and just pretty much heads off into a different direction all together, leaving viewers with disturbing images and not really any sense of what the team was really battling. Was it really aliens? Is the alien land they are on some government set-up to divert attention away from something more sinister?
The grandeur of the landscapes and cinematography was impressive (the film was viewed in 3D), and the concept was a good premise for a film but the characters were not well developed, nor were any of them really likeable. The gross factor was also just too much at times and took away from the film.
- The Peter Weyland Files
- Deleted and Alternate Scenes that include an Alternate Opening / Ending
- Prometheus: Weyland Corp Archive Second Screen App