Prometheus was the first time Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe since the original Alien in 1979. What Scott brought was a quality that had been missing from the franchise.
The film takes place in 2093, 29 years before the events of Alien and follows an expedition to the moon LV-223 on the scientific vessel Prometheus named after the titan in Greek mythology. The expedition is to seek out and find the Engineers who are suspected of being mankind’s creators. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) have found several cave paintings from different cultures spanning across decades leading them to believe that man was created by these beings. Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the elderly CEO of Weyland Corporation is funding the expedition in hopes to find the Engineers. When the crew arrives, they slowly learn the horrifying secrets behind the Engineers and moon.
Both Rapace and Marshall-Green do a solid job in the film as do most of the actors. Charlize Theron is good as Meredith Vickers, a Weyland Corporation employee who is sent to look over the expedition. Idris Elba plays the savvy captain of the ship named Janek. Michael Fassbender is award worthy as the android David. Fassbender gives arguably the best performance of an android in the Alien films. The film looks gorgeous with beautiful shots and production value. The visual effects are all well done. There are a number of cringe worthy and disturbing scenes reminiscent of the original film. The few creatures that were in the film looked good. The biggest complaint with the film is the lack of Xenomoprhs. So many fans were expecting the return of the mighty creature in the film and only got a small cameo from a Xenomoprh type creature at the end of the film called the Deacon Alien. The film was also said to “answer questions,” when actually the film raised more questions.
Overall, the film is a well-crafted sci-fi film that provides a different and good story for the alien universe despite not satisfying all fans. Prometheus only ranks behind the two original classics of the franchise.
Written by: James Howey