When a director makes a prequel to a Sci-fi or a Fantasy movie the film doesn’t always garner good reactions from fans of the franchise. (Like with the Star Wars prequel trilogy.) Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien series of movies.
Like Star Wars, Alien is a franchise that has had hits and misses. The first Alien film, called Alien was directed by Ridley Scott and was excellent. (Alien was successful due to making old monster Sci-fi new again.) The second film, Aliens, was directed by James Cameron, and had similar success.
As for the other two, well, they were horrible. They suffered from bad script writing and bad directing (Scott and Cameron skipped out on making these sequels). A part of me thought the series was finished.
Well, then Ridley Scott announced he was making a movie in the same universe as the Alien movies. But this time, there would be other aliens rather than the trademark Xenomorph from the other films. I was rather excited Scott was directing again.
But would Scott mess up this great opportunity? Keep reading to find out! : )
The first Alien came out in 1979. In Scott’s 33 year absence from the franchise, he has grown considerably in skill. I felt like I was walking with the characters among the rocky surface of the alien moon.
Also, the creature and sound effects are some of the greatest I’ve seen in a long time. Scott again has helped set a new standard in Sci-fi films.
The script by John Spaihts (Wrote the film The Darkest Hour.) & Damon Lindelof (Yes Lost fans, he wrote many Lost episodes.) was well put together. The film reminded me a lot of Michael Crichton’s techno thriller novels like Jurassic Park, The Sphere, and Timeline.
You could call Prometheus a Horror movie, but unlike most new Horror movies this film doesn’t have mindless violence. Yes, there is blood, gore, and shocking twists but the movie tackles questions like “Did a creator and/or aliens create mankind or did evolution? If so, why?”, “What is right or wrong to do in the name of science?”, the age old question “Is it possible to cheat death?’, among others.
These questions make the movie a Sci-fi one rather than a Horror flick.
The cast is pretty strong. You have Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Logan Marshall-Green (Devil), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Idris Elba (Thor), Charlize Theron (Snow White & The Huntsman), and Guy Pearce (Lockout).
The actor who really steals the show is Michael Fassbender. His portrayal of an android is one of the best portrayals of a robot I’ve seen in modern Sci-fi films. And his character is one of my favorite Sci-fi Film Robots of all time.
If you don’t really like Sci-fi and love Dramas, at least see the film for Fassbender.
Overall I give the movie 5 out of 5 stars! Scott has done it again! Prometheus is a great Sci-fi movie for adults. (Keep children far away, since its R-rated.)
*NOTE: Before you see the film I would watch Alien and Aliens first. There are tons of Easter Eggs.