Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi thriller Prometheus looked promising from the first pee-your-pants inducing trailer that left many questions. Unfortunately, the move left even more things unanswered, and for those expecting something along the lines of Alien, you were probably sorely disappointed. If you haven’t yet seen the film, beware, spoilers abound below.
The movie begins with the crew on a ship in deep space, with a humanoid robot monitoring their life-signs as they sleep in cryogenic hibernation. Fast-forward a few scenes, and we learn that the crew is on their way to visit a planet that they believe holds the key to discovering our past, and our Maker(s).
However, that’s where things get cuckoo. There are plenty of great movies that ask where we came from, if even from extraterrestrial origins, but Prometheus takes that conjecture to the next level. Sure, I’d bite if the premise made logical sense, but it really doesn’t. We’re lead to believe that these “Engineers” created us, because the crew discovers that we are a 100% biological match to their DNA.
These tall, pasty white, baby-faced beings, who are supposedly our creators, decide that they’re going to destroy us. For what purpose? According to the humanoid David, “To create, one must first destroy.” Ok, they already created us, so . . . I’m not following. Also, we learn very little as to why the military installation was doomed, how the creatures were created, and why one of the engineers was left behind. It just doesn’t make very much sense.
There are also some notable differences between creatures from Alien and Prometheus who are supposed to be the same. The “Facehuggers” in Prometheus are much more like deep-throat parasites with almost no resemblance to the aliens from the first two films. We see very little of the Xenomorphs, which means either A.) Ridley Scott is preparing us for an epic second film, or B.) They kinda forgot about them, and put one in the last scene as a side-note. Either way, disappointing.
Overall, the movie was wonderful, if(and only if) you view it as a standalone film with mild association to Alien and Aliens. The musical score was beautiful, the acting was strong, the visual effects were stunning, and it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. It’s just that weak plot that ended up dooming it from standing alongside the originals as a quality production worthy of fanboy praise for years to come. Cult classic? Definitely. Oscar material? Not a chance. Here’s hoping Prometheus 2, or whatever they end up calling it, is less a train-wreck than this attempt was.