A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
The first thing I will say is that the Alien franchise which started from Ridley Scott’s first 1979 film has had a rough time, dodgy sequels and some awful spin offs. The Alien it’s self has taken many forms over the decades since Ridley’s ground-breaking Alien film. From H. R. Giger stunningly created Alien to the awfully conceived human hybrid from Alien: Resurrection (1997). So Ridley has come back to the genre he defined, which must have seemed like a daunting task so for the sake of this review I’m going to try and not to compare it to any previous Alien film except the one that matters Alien (1979) because this is the only one that truly has any relevance to Prometheus.
The film follows a similar story as the first film in with a group of people on the fringe of space but this time the crew of the Prometheus are looking for answers to the biggest question mankind has ever asked, Where do we come from? The films main protagonist Elizabeth Shaw played by the talented Noomi Rapace is a young scientist who discovers a hidden message left across the planet by ancient human settlements with an invitation to a distant planet.
What you would expect from an Alien film is great suspense and tension like we have seen from the original film. The difference between the characters makes a huge different with the original crew being average Joes on an ordinary mining vessel not knowing what they are dealing with. Whereas the Prometheus is full of professionals from there respected fields and know what they are looking for their creators and because of this the suspense doesn’t build the same way. Some of the characters are not believable in their roles and some are completely underused. Charlize Theron who plays Meredith Vickers seems like a very intriguing character but there is hardly any deviation from the main plot to delve into anything else. The films also lacks any real signature jump moment where you could say that you are really frightened compared to the original where still today the scene where Dallas played by Tom Skerritt gets attacked in the ventilation system by the Alien still makes me jump out of my skin to this day.
A lot of people will be disappointed with this film especially if you think it’s an Alien film. Ridley Scott has tried to do something different trying to answer some questions raised by the first film and that doesn’t necessarily mean its anything to do directly with the Alien creatures themselves. This film solely takes aim at bigger questions and the Alien takes a back step, the focus centres squarely on the engineers as they call them (remember from the original film the big guy in the chair yeah him). As well as this there is a big focus on David played my Michael Fassbender. You see David is a robot and is coming to terms with the fact that he is a robot. Supposedly without feeling or emotion, the film squarely centres on him and his relationship with his makers in comparison to the human characters relationship or lack of with their makers. And this makes for a much more interesting but completely different feel to the film compared to the original, but in a good way. Michael Fassbender’s performance as David is a highlight playing his character brilliantly.
If you’re expecting from Prometheus an Alien esque suspense horror like the original it’s just not there and you will probably come out of the cinema disappointed. That is not to say the film does not have its own merits and the film is very interesting and raises some fundamental questions about our own existence and mortality and this is a much more intriguing and thought provoking subject matter than the first film ever rose.