When a Sci-Fi movie starts with wonderful cinematography showing the earth prior to life – you know that you’re in for something insane. Prometheus is the beginning of what will be the Alien series; this is not to say that it is a prequel – it is not, but there are huge tie-ins that will make fans of the Ridley Scott series happy.
In my opinion Noomie Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw is the 2nd coming of Ripley – a tough as nails woman whose tenacity and fight for survival is a wonder to watch onscreen. I really, really liked her character who was the dynamic opposite of Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) – who was the stereotypical ice queen; which makes sense being that Charlize has another movie out at the same time called Snow White and The Huntsman where she plays the wicked witch.
Synopsis (ultra-light spoilers):
Prometheus is about an expedition to a planet millions of light years away by a team of scientists, geologists and more in order to investigate the findings of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green); findings which showed a link between the different civilizations of ancient earth and some sort of giant alien visitor.
When the team comes out of their 2 year sleep, they are met by a synthetic man by the name of David (Michael Fassbender); fans of the Alien series who remember Bishop will see David as his ancestral prototype.
The ship that the crew is on is called Prometheus and is captained by Janek (Ydris Elba), a grizzled, pragmatic, and extraordinary man.
The rest of the movie is pretty much what you may assume, which is that things get complicated and dangerous; being far from home doesn’t help but it takes you on a ride for your life and when it’s all over you are wanting for more.
The things that Prometheus gets right is in immersing us into the entire futuristic lifestyle of these people (it is 2089) and you get to see that some things have changed but most things have remained the same. The ship was a wonder to behold, not being of the normal junky nature that we have seen in Alien and Aliens but being in tip-top shape; yielding a basketball court, pool table with cool looking balls and even a Christmas tree!
Acting was no problem as the snarky chemistry between Elba and Theron bordered on hilarious and Noomi Rapace owned the role as the good doctor Shaw. Prometheus felt like a cleaned up, polished Alien movie which makes sense given the time period and the man Ridley Scott being behind it.
Special effects were not compromised either as the CGI looked amazing on the alien creatures. The giant men of one planet looked pretty realistic even with the regular actors next to them, and the planet was a genuine mystery world complete with all the scary little thrills that we know Alien to have. Sometimes in Sci-Fi we look to the lack of a budget to fall short in the special effects department but nothing was spared for Prometheus, it all was a believable package.
For people looking for direct tie-ins, mentions of the Xenomorphs, Ripley or Helena Vasquez (awesome character) this is no prequel to Ridley Scott’s Aliens but then again it is; you can say it is a pre-pre-prequel if you want to be a nerd about it. But regardless if you’ve watched Aliens or not, you will be thoroughly entertained by Prometheus.
In closing I must say that this was a wonderful addition to the Alien series which has suffered from some truly awful sequels after the beloved duo of Alien and Aliens. If you have a chance to see this on the big screen I would implore you to do so for the cinematography in the first few minutes and to crap your pants when the place goes haywire.