Film Review: Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus is imperfect. Nevertheless, it thoroughly entertains throughout its two-hour plus duration.

Explorers Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a clue to mankind’s origins in a remote Scottish location. The pair join scientists and other crew aboard Prometheus, travelling into space to investigate the implications of the clue. When they arrive at their destination, the crew are not sure what to expect…

Prometheus follows a fairly similar formula to 1979’s Alien. The 2012 film does not maintain its predecessor’s sense of anxiety and unpredictability however. Perhaps this is to be expected, it would have been incredibly difficult to replicate the atmosphere generated in Scott’s 1979 film. What Prometheus offers is an engaging science-fiction blockbuster; a decent film of this genre.

Prometheus is a very apt title for the themes that feature in the film. Scott’s film offers a far greater emphasis on belief than the original film. What has been seen as the three tenets of science fiction; magic, science and religion, are explored on an overt level. In this respect, some subtlety would have been welcome. Given the nature of it, science fiction is a genre that inherently allows for allegory. Therefore, themes could have been depicted in a less overt fashion and still have got the point across. Fundamental questions are raised, and it is a little unsatisfying that they are never resolved.

Michael Fassbender is excellent as David, offering the best performance of Prometheus. Noomi Rapace is also good, functioning suitably in the Ripley-esque role. Production values are great in the film. Production design and effects make the most of technological advances, whilst maintaining a look not disparate from the 1979 film. There are a few squeamish moments, but nothing else that would warrant it any higher than its 15 certification.

Given that Prometheus is a prequel made thirty-three years after the original (and following sequels and spin-offs of varying quality), the film is success for what it is. Prometheus was never going to reach Alien‘s zenith, but it is certainly an enjoyable watch.

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