Thanks to 20th Century Fox Australia, we had the chance to see Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated Sci-fi blockbuster Prometheus before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
Prometheus is a prologue in the Alien saga, telling the story of a group of scientists seeking the origins of mankind on Earth after discovering some hieroglyphics during an expedition in Scotland, taking them on a space journey to another planet to find answers directly from our creators (without knowing that it could become their resting place)
It`s not easy to come back to an old beloved franchise like Alien after almost 30 years and produce the same impact, however, director Ridley Scott is finally back in his element doing sci-fi, delivering a film full of old school brilliance with a story written by a genius like Lost’s Damon Lindelof and The Darkest Hour’s Jon Spaihts. It incorporates all that complex mythology of the Alien films which made them famous, using some iconic features from the 1979 movie, such as the HR Giger designs (including some very recognizable sketches which did not appear in the original film), a human android called David (Played by Michael Fassbender), a lead female character Elizabeth Shaw (Naomi Rapace), a corporate boss behind the expedition named Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), the iconic Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), a marvelous classic space-surgery sequence to “extract something” from a body, a male crew with diverse personalities and obviously some humanoids-aliens, making Prometheus not just the prologue of an existing series, but an extremely enjoyable movie in itself, even for people who have not seen any of the Alien saga films.
The individual performances in the film are excellent, especially the outstanding Michael Fassbender, carrying the weight of the film as an iconic human-android character, a role which he totally nails, reminding us of Lance Henriksen’s Bishop. Naomi Rapace is a solid female lead, protruding a personality far different from Sigourney Weaver‘s Helen Ripley, which is a clever move to avoid comparisons and creating a brand new heroine of a bad ass fighter and survivor all-in-one. The other lead female is Charlize Theron who was more in the shadows surrounded by mysteries, making us doubt many things about her plot-wise.
The music score in the film is also classically old school, composed by Marc Streitenfeld, who worked with Ridley Scott’ in Robin Hood and American Gangster. It is a mix of Jerry Goldsmith’s 1979 tones with a heavy modern touch, cleverly repeating itself throughout the movie, including small resemblances to some of the songs in the Blade Runner soundtrack.
Perhaps the only let downs in Prometheus is its prequel stigma, which the film probably should not be taken as a prequel of 1979’s Alien, because despite the intensity, the nerve-racking scenes and many references to the alien mythology, the film leaves so many doors opened and so many questions floating around.
Prometheus is a film loosely described as an Alien prequel but still manages to be different from its saga sisters in many aspects, focusing more on developing the storyline of the saga, taking the risk of not having so many scary extraterrestrial gory scenes as you might expect. This does not affect the final result especially if you are a science fiction lover as watching Prometheus is like reading a book of Isaac Asimov, taking you away to other worlds and space civilizations which perhaps have the answer to our existence. Moreover, we are sure the very last scene will make you tear up a bit.
Prometheus opens in 3D on June 7