Length: 124 minutes
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Genre: Adventure/ Mystery / Sci-Fi
“Prometheus” is a futuristic thriller staring Charlize Theron , Noomie Rapace and Michael Fassbender. When archaeologists discover a map that leads to a distant moon, a crew boards the ship Prometheus in search of answers. Once on the moon, the crew finds the beings that preceded humans. After uncovering their deadly plan to attack Earth and destroy the human race, the crew tries desperately to fight back.
“Prometheus” begins with a humanoid alien drinking an unknown substance. Its body disintegrates shortly after, and the remnants fall into a body of water. The exposure of the alien’s DNA to water sets off a biogenic reaction, an event that appears to be the catalyst for humans coming into existence.
The film jumps to the year 2089, as archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover an ancient map in Scotland. The map is believed to have been created by those who existed prior to humans, beings simply known as the “Engineers.” A group is eventually formed to follow the directions on the map. The crew boards the ship Prometheus and travels to a distant moon known as LV-223.
When the crew lands, they explore an artificial structure that contains the corpses of alien-like beings, leading the crew to believe that the Engineers are now extinct. Two of the crew members, Millburn and Fifield, get lost in the structure, and the remaining crew returns to Prometheus just before a storm hits. Unknown to the rest of the crew, one of the team members took a cylinder from the building and brought it back to the ship. The cylinder is later revealed to contain the same unknown substance the humanoid alien drank.
After the storm passes, the crew discovers the body of Millburn, who has been killed by a snake-like creature that spews deadly dark liquid. Meanwhile, Fifield has been turned into a mutated creature and attacks the rest of the crew. Several members of the crew escape and later find a control room in the building manned by a large, ancient Engineer. The Engineer suddenly attacks the crew and destroys Prometheus . Believing the Engineers are planning to attack Earth, Shaw formulates a plan to locate and eliminate any remaining Engineers to save the human race.
“Prometheus” has an underlying theme of creation and discovery that influences the developments of the film. The crew on board Prometheus travel to a distant moon solely for the purpose of gaining knowledge about humanity’s predecessors who are in a way, humanity’s creators. This search for knowledge is contrasted by the existence of David, a member of the crew who is a robot modeled after a human. This character shows a different perspective of the journey, and he too questions the actions of his creator, the humans.
“Prometheus” was originally intended to be a prequel to the “Alien” film franchise, but was changed to be a standalone movie. The events in “Prometheus” do take place before the events in the “Alien” franchise, but the film answers a different set of questions, mainly, the history of human existence as opposed to extraterrestrial life. Even though there are some similarities, the story told in “Prometheus” is wholly original.
Aside from being one of a kind, the storyline in “Prometheus” is hard to predict. The events that take place on the moon happen very quickly, leaving the audience no time to speculate about future events. This keeps the suspense going at a steady pace from beginning to end. Although the majority of the film takes place in a single location, the building on the moon, there is enough going on to keep the audience engaged. The crew is killed off one by one, and several deadly beings are found.
Interestingly, the film leaves open a number of questions, such as the origins of the Engineers, the motives for wanting to destroy Earth, and most importantly, what happens after the film ends. There are no easy answers to these questions, which fits in well with the theme of discovery and questioning creation. The unfinished ending also leaves open the possibility of a sequel and a continuation of the story.
The filming of “Prometheus” is striking and gives the entire movie a futuristic feel. Director Ridley Scott minimized the use of green screens and instead used CGI effects, which resulted in an other-worldly background. The movie was also filmed in 3D, which added more depth to the shots. This technique is especially effective on the mountainous and deserted moon the crew visits.
“Prometheus” contains all the necessary elements of a great science fiction movie. There is space travel, the discovery of beings unlike humans and a projection of what the future, and the past, might look like. Combined with the great acting and the flawless special effects, “Prometheus” is a must-see, especially for fans of the “Alien” film franchise.
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