This will be a slightly difficult movie to review as I feel the less you know and expect..the more satisfying PROMETHEUS will be for you. However, I can say without hesitation I really enjoyed the movie, and can’t wait for it to be released so I can see it again in IMAX 3D. I haven’t said that about another film in a long time, but the scope of PROMETHEUS and it’s already great 3D will actually be even better in IMAX.
To begin, if you have been living in a cave or are just not interested at all…you may not know what PROMETHEUS is..it’s a film from RIDLEY SCOTT, director of BLADE RUNNER, GLADIATOR, and the original ALIEN among others. ALIEN would be the most important relatable work here as PROMETHEUS takes place in the same universe.
PROMETHEUS , in short form is about a mission to space to discover what may be the origin of the human race. This mission doesn’t find what’s expected, and instead discovers something that could destroy life as we know it.
Now…let me answer the question I’ve been asked the most since revealing I saw the film: Is PROMETHEUS a prequel to ALIEN? Well…yes it clearly is. Even though PROMETHEUS has it’s own story that is separate from the ALIEN storyline, the events in PROMETHEUS directly cause the events in ALIEN. I don’t want to say too much more about how the films ties together, or what is or isn’t shown..but as for myself, I was not disappointed. The scares and atmosphere of the original film are paid a decent homage and those faithful to ALIEN will be happy.
PROMETHEUS is the most epic sci-fi film I’ve ever seen, in terms of how huge it looks and how realistic the special effects appear on the screen. The landscapes, spaceship sets and (mild spoiler) creatures never hinted at CGI. I’m not a big fan of 3D films, mainly because the glasses dim the screen by at least 25 percent. This was the first film that was just as bright with glasses as without..and the three dimensions looked great.
Everyone in the cast did a terrific job from NOOMI RAPACE (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy)as the archaeologist whose discovery sparks the mission to space,CHARLIZE THERON as the representative of the Weyland Corporation funding the project that may or may not have a hidden agenda..and especially good is MICHAEL FASSBENDER (X-Men: First Class) as the android DAVID…nearly stealing every scene he’s in
PROMETHEUS is almost like two different films..the first half being more a sense of wonder and discovery, and the second half going pure science fiction horror. It also contains a fairly gory scene a third of the way through that will make a lot of women cringe.
I can’t imagine another movie (including the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) being as satistfying as PROMETHEUS was for me…just don’t go in expecting ALIEN again. . Yes they clearly set the film up for a sequel, and may have raised questions in the process of answering others..but I’m okay with that…
The ability of the studio to keep most of the film a secret means there haven’t been many clips from PROMETHEUS, however I’ve included the international trailer for the film (which give you a real sense of what to expect,big scenes, scary situations..and more.)