Posted on 6/07/12 07:36 PM
This is not an Alien prequel. Oh wait, it is. Oh wait, it is not. Who cares! The movie is a winner, in my book at least.
No doubt, Ridley Scott's imaginative film into the future is brilliant - full of interesting scares and visuals. And no doubt, Prometheus would certainly pacify those geeked-out Alien fans (as I am). Do take note, however, that it might leave us pondering over more questions, rather than answering them.
The plot is essentially not contrived. The main agenda here is that Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace, is leading a team of some not-so-merry (expendable, really) men on a space expedition to examine the origins of mankind. (But to me, this all sounds a tad farcical. Why would critics just want to watch an Alien prequel? Scott just needed a sort-of diversion to his main objective of making this film, which is to make an Alien prequel.) This expedition is sponsored by Weylan Corp. and is overlooked by the (witch?) Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron).
Shaw and the band reach their destination, where most of the film's action sequences would take place. But by this time, we would have been absolutely blown away by David. As you would probably have known, Michael Fassbender plays David, an android butler, who (yes, who - that is how human-like he is) primarily carries out orders of humans. Fassbender is stunning, especially when he is given a clean-shaven uber-cool, friendly look. The way he walks, talks, and shows emotions is so robotic, and yet so brilliantly human. This is prefect casting.
Back to the main course, where Shaw and co. would be busy exploring a certain temple-like place. This 'place', for lack of a better word, is damp and creepy. The fascination here lies with Scott's efforts of almost reprising certain features of his Alien film. The bone-like wall structure, the dripping 'dip-dip' you might see or hear and the ominous-looking 'vases'. As the movie progresses, things get a little strange. Men get left behind, weird creatures come out of nowhere, new beings come into play, David getting all sneaky... fear not, Scott does not disappoint when it comes to leaving us anxious in our seats.
I do realize however, that the plot is extremely summarized. There are sub-plots here and there about human DNA, finding where humans come from and saving humanity. All of which you should be able to gawk at interestingly when you watch the film. So, onto the flaws then. To be precise there is really only one main flaw. And it could also be Scott's own undoing.
Is this part of the Alien franchise? Or is it not? Critics might say, "Every time there is a good sequence of scenes, the moment is punctuated by Scott's persistence to find a connection with Alien." And this is unfortunately, the flaw. But this is purely subjective. Towards the end of the film, we might have already decided whether this is an Alien film. The climatic ending is sublime, with its last scene being the best of all.
Definitely worth a re-watch, just to see Fasssbender waxing his neat hairdo.
Personally*... Can someone please explain to me what the first few scenes were about?