Let me start things off by saying that I have never been this surprised for a movie ending, well at least for this year. The ending for the Avengers came as no surprise for the fans, me included, for it left us thinking, “Ah, so it’s going to be Thanos for the sequel.” But in this Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi Epic, the final scene only left me jaw-dropped in awe. My buddy KG was the first one who notice my surprised face, uttering the words, “AAAH….PREQUEL!!!” (He called my reaction PRICELESS.)
As far as I’m concern, Prometheus is Scott’s prequel to his widely successful Sci-Fi classic Alien—all Sci-Fi junkies would agree.
The movie started with breathtaking aerial shots of our planet…or was it? The structures and landscapes were Earth-like until a Humanoid stripped down to his undergarments and drank what seemed to be a poisonous substance, eventually killing him. His remains were washed away by the waterfalls, and voila, a new DNA was formed, hence the creation of humankind.
Ridley Scott went back to his roots and to what he does best. As THE director of Alien and Blade Runner, he returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Although it’s more of the same Sci-Fi formula of an Unlikely Protagonist’s New Discovery–Exploration of a New World–Things Fcked Up–People Starts Dying–Survivors Go Back Home kind of scenarios, the execution of the plot was done tightly, leaving the audience at the edge of their seats. The CG aspects of the movie were pretty impressive and at a certain degree of grandiosity. Best experienced in IMAX 3D wherein you can get to immerse into the Sci-Fi setting of this unknown planet, or inside Prometheus, or inside the giant Alien Beehive dome. Without any doubts, the movie is technically stunning, gorgeous, and haunting to say the least.
However, I didn’t like the script. I personally think that the script per se was a bit dense (just remember the line, “Oh there’s the head!” after they opened the door that decapitated a Humanoid. Jeez). The age-old tug-of-war of Faith VS Science was a bit underwhelming and not exploited to a certain extent. The whole script showed weaknesses, where the characters lacked character development as they acted irrationally. How on earth did Fifield get lost when he was the one who introduced the Mapping device?
Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace were the clear standouts on this film, as the HAL9000-inspired robot David, and Ripley-esque Elizabeth Shaw, respectively (The best part of the movie was of course the surgery part). I like the main cast, well except for Guy Pearce as the old Peter Weyland. Why didn’t they just cast a really old guy, like Christopher Walken or Ian McKellen? Charlize Theron was reliable as Vickens, though she was relatively useless on this film.
Over-all, Prometheus is a grand feast for the eyes, especially for all the Sci-Fi fans out there. Again, this movie is best experienced on IMAX 3D. With an amazing artistry shown on every astounding scene, I just wished the script had engaged me to the same degree.
4 out of 5 stars.