Post Written By: John Klymshyn
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, and Michael Fassbender
Released: June 8, 2012
Still from “Prometheus” (left to right) Logan-Marshall Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender
Science Fiction films have always begun with questions. Most sci-fi films deal with the possibility of an alien invasion, or the possibility of altering the universe. Prometheus asks a completely different question that most sci-fi films haven’t asked.
“Where did we come from?” It’s the ultimate question.
“Prometheus”. Ridley Scott’s, newest science fiction epic. Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.
Starring, Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo original), Charlize Theron (Monster), Guy Pearce (Memento) and Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds)
This film is one hell of a ride. We are introduced to our characters as they are beginning to enter the atmosphere of a new planet. They are all cryogenically frozen, and are awoken by a mysterious fellow who seems to know everything there is to know about the ship, the atmosphere, and the crew.
This is David (Michael Fassbender). He is getting the ships crew out of their long sleep, and gearing them up for the infiltration of this mysterious planet.
We are introduced to the crew, which is made up of a good group of scientists, physicists, a captain, and a flight crew. As always with any film of this caliber, there is the token cynic, the token moron and mercenaries. We then meet Elizabeth Shaw, played fantastically by Noomi Rapace.
Noomi Rapace shines in this role. She conveys some excellent emotional turmoil in this film. She expresses most of her emotions through her piercing eyes. She has a few moments of solidarity in this film, and those are some of the most intense parts for her character to overcome. We then meet Charlie Holloway played by Logan-Marshall Green (Across the Universe). Who is Shaw’s partner/significant other. Green plays his character very well. He’s intense and also acts with his eyes. I would have to say that this was a very well put together cast. The dialogue is great, and so is the action, but there are some moments where nothing is said with mouths, but with eyes, and we as an audience immediately know what is going on in each characters mind. Like the cellphones in Scorsese’s “The Departed” the eyes in this film are also a character. Conveying emotions that are only meant to be conveyed with a look.
As the crew is readying to explore this new planet that Shaw and Holloway have convinced them to come explore, things start to get very interesting.
We are taken into a deep dark underworld. Closely resembling the dark halls of the space ship in Scott’s original “ALIEN”. The team continues to explore and finds a locked passageway with the body of an ancient being lying decapitated in front of the door. David figures out a way to unlock the door, and the team enters a massive room, with a concrete head, believed to be a shrine to the Titan’s, or engineers of life, if you will. Elizabeth finds the decapitated head, and decides to bring it back to the ship for analyzing.
Without giving too much away, I will say that, after Shaw and the team leave the room they have discovered, a storm heads in, and they are forced to abandon their mission early, and head back to the ship, leaving 2 men behind, who fell back in their exploration.
This is when all hell begins to break loose. David unbeknownst to the crew also brings back something, and begins to experiment with what he has brought back. This is also when we begin to realize David’s motives behind this whole mission.
I am a huge fan of cinema, and love new movies that keep me guessing. This is one of those movies. From the beginning we are introduced to a whole new world, and whole new set of characters that we grow to care about, and begin to understand. The cast in this film did a great job in creating people I would enjoy hanging out with.
If you are a fan of any Science Fiction film, check this film out. Ridley Scott did a fantastic job. This at one time was considered to be the prequel to his ALIEN film, which it is not. It has some similarities, but ultimately stands on it’s own as a new feature film of epic proportions.
Written by: John Klymshyn