New to video–Ridley Scott’s film, Prometheus, explores the possibilities of life’s origin on Earth. The movie continues the shared universe of Scott’s other notably work Alien. With a star studded cast and vast budget how could you lose?
The story follows a young couple who discover a cave paining featuring a map of the stars in Scotland. Using the funding of a dying corporate giant, they travel two years across the galaxy to the uncharted system. There they discover more than they bargained for.
Truthfully this is a good film. Not great by any means but it is well worth the price of admission. The folly of this film was too much hype and being a little too artsy for the general audience. Much like Immortals, the film has amazing vision but follows through haphazardly.
Questions arise like “How did a PH.D in geology with the most advanced mapping technology available get lost on his way back to the ship when there is only one door and one tunnel?” or “Why did PH.D’s in biology and medicine take their helmets off on a foreign world that more than likely has thousands of diseases never introduced to the human body?”
Small questions like this absolutely killed the suspense of belief. Why would an alien in a four thousand year hyper-sleep wake up killing people? How can a woman who surgically removed her own mutant alien baby go running? Why is the most advanced medical pod of all time (owned by a woman) programmed for male anatomy only?
What the film needs is a writer/director team that can work alongside Ridley Scott to help keep his plot, characters, and science in line with the art and vision that he brought to the big screen. Science fiction films like Prometheus side-by-side to films like Total Recall will always lose more credibility however. If you are watching an action film you will more than likely never question the science or philosophy of a movie; whereas with an art film you are more likely to be critical.
Here is the brass tacks—if you are a science fiction, art, philosophy, literature, or fantasy lover then go see the film. If you are not then this one is safe to leave till you can rent or Netflix it later.
I give Prometheus three out of five dancing hamsters. One hamster for Michael Fassbender’s show stealing performance, one hamster for effects, and another for vision.