It's the kind of movie that gets worse the more you think about it.
Ridley Scott will always be phenomenal in directing Sci-Fi movies and he definitely proved that with Prometheus. I've never seen any of the other Alien movies but I want to now. I'm looking forward to seeing Alien: Covenant. The visuals are very very well done and everything is taught out well. The characters are well developed and don't have any flaws as far as I'm concerned.
Like a facehugger, grabs your face with an interesting concept but ultimately lives you waking up struggling to work out what is going on until the big chest burster leaves you dead.
For all it's troubles, Prometheus has an interesting concept even though it removes some of the mystery that was a big part of the original films success (i.e. the fear of the unknown) but was sadly executed really dodgy, confuses things and leaves you with a conclusion that has you wanting more (in both a good way and a bad way).
The movie sets things off with a great idea, then soon it turned predictable until it got stupid. They set the stage for the most profound discovery in human history, and when it comes time to reveal the answer, the laziest of screenwriting simply answers the question by destroying what only could answer it.
Mr. Scott, I won't be your sucker any longer.
The real problem is, in my idea: if you take a look back at Alien, the very first, it doesn't need any further explanation, really. However, Here the story is recalled, somehow changed, and explained through a good "philosophic/action" movie, with good parts and decent ideas. Can be seen, a nice one.
What truly had a further impact than this book was the original Alien, which was released at the same era. That film may still have you feel fear if you had the theater experience back then, especially when you feel a taste of indigestion. This makes sense however, the film had a perfect blend of horror and adventure, as well as the thrill and suspense during several of the film's quieter scenes, and the film left the audience with something to think about until the sequel dropped. But the similarities to the book have yet not been left, with the alien not helping but matching the exact description of the alien in the Swiss novel written in the early 70s, a couple years before the film.
With the newest installment in the "Alien" franchise, Ridley Scott breaks his 30-year sci-fi hiatus after releasing Blade Runner, but yet again the film can't help having similarities to the Swiss novel. The film's plot can't help being similar to the original -- and subsequently the graphic novel -- in that a vessel is once again flying in space when mysterious creatures suddenly attack the inhabitants. The mysterious creatures may include the Giger alien. The oblivious crew must then face the oblivious species. But as well as your stereotypical horror movie, the film also presents thoughtful questions about humanity.
This is mostly the joy of watching the movie. But once the scares become predictable and the themes are presented, some flaws begin to show. Still, Ridley Scott's sense of visuals, which may have become most clear in Gladiator, are enough to keep the audience watching, especially during the first two acts. The first two scenes, for instance, which include a giant sacrificing himself for the sake of life on Planet Earth, then scientists discovering traces of this spectacle millenniums later, impair a sense of beauty in the eyes of the audience. The scores especially add to the significance of the sights and allow the film to better dive into cosmology. All of these sights grow even more intense further on when Scott provides overlapping cinematography.
Yes, this is a necessity of every modern science fiction film but for one reason or another, this film makes it feel unique. After all, not every sci-fi film allows you to accept all the holes in the plot for sacred visuals that enlighten your experience to the point of nearly forgetting everything else that may hold it back. Unusually, the film also only gets added upon by being marketed in 3-D, which allows you to further delve into the planets and the mysterious alien antagonists, giving you a lot of time to discover their true intentions.
The intentions are only further laid out with strong performances, mostly Michael Fassbender's David. Performing a sensitive yet villainous android may not seem like much of a novelty at first but at the level of the film, it is clear this is legendary. This provides a mix of innocence, as depicted in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", fear as depicted in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and a typical science-fiction type robot in Ridley Scott's own 1982 film, "Blade Runner". There is also several scenes of a certain character from the 60's era film "Lawrence of Arabia", which may match his beliefs on humanity.
The humans are also strong, though they may be seen as cliché by some. Idris Elba, in particular, shines as the captain of the Prometheus, appearing as a frontman. Charlize Theron also seems as though she tries her hardest to fully become the character she is in this film and the overall outcome appears very similar to hers in "Snow White and the Huntsman", which was released earlier the year.
Of course, this film also provides the audience with delight in the form of humor, of which in this case, it comes along in a pair of constantly bickering scientists, played by Rafe Spall and Sean Harris. There is also decency in this film about the downfall of humanity, as would be expected for some light relief. This is a character played by Elizabeth Shaw, Dr. Who actress, who plays Noomi Rapace and will be easily recognizable to fans of the show. Her husband, who is played by Logan Marshall-Green, seems to coincide with her philosophies in the film as well. In a flashback, it is revealed she is the child of missionaries and she constantly speaks about meeting her maker.
Being the girl with the dragon tattoo in the Swedish trilogy, Shaw plays a strong and convincing, as well as relatable heroine. As well as her performance in the Girl With a Dragon Tattoo films, she appears to have somewhat of a superhuman appearance, convincing as having strong and muscular abilities. Her strength is most evident in a single scene involving a quarrel when she single-handedly defeats an entire flight of people towards the second act.
But despite all the strong visuals and performances, it is not enough to entirely avoid the weaknesses and flaws presented in the film, which comes in the screenplay. Without spoiling in this review, Prometheus's twists are mostly obvious, which distracts the potential of what they could have been. For an endless and unlimited imagination created into a film, this would be one to disappoint. While there are minor scenes of predictable surprises, the film overall does not reveal much, except for the fact that it is saving everything for a later time. In other words, all twists will be revealed in the coming sequel.